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Embezzlement in Ukraine’s Army: Security Service do not affiliate perpetrators

Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko says the law enforcers did not cover the illegal schemes
16:08, 12 March 2019

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Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko stated that the Military Prosecutor’s Office and Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) did not cover illegal schemes in the defense sphere as 112 Ukraine reported.

He commented on the information published by Bihus.info and noted that the journalist investigation described only one out of 480 cases investigated by the law enforcers.

“I drop the accusations that we have been working for a long time. As for today, I state responsibly that the Military Prosecutor’s Office demonstrated the success in this case out of 480 cases. Rogoza (one of the suspects Andriy Rogoza, - ed.) and two ex-officers of the Security Service of Ukraine are in the dock for more than a year for fraud,” the prosecutor general stated.

He added that “the Military Prosecutor’s Office and Security Service of Ukraine do not cover anyone. Detained perpetrators, who committed the fraud along with Rogoza, even if they were the workers of the SBU, are in the dock since 2018”.

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February 25, journalist investigations Bihus.Info, Nashi Hroshi program alleged that Igor Gladkovsky, the son of close Poroshenko ally Oleh Gladkovsky, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, organized a corruption scheme to smuggle spare military-equipment parts from Russia in 2015. State defense facilities purchased the smuggled spare parts from private companies linked to Hladkovsky and his friends at highly inflated prices. Ukroboronprom state concern, which supervises defense industry production facilities, knew the origin of the smuggled parts but agreed to purchase them.

Igor Gladkovsky, along with Vitaliy Zhukov (former advisor of “Ukroboronprom” Director, the member of supervisory council of “Meridian” company till 2013, former assistant of Yuriy Tereshchenko, ex-Head of State Service of export control, Oleg Gladkovsky’s friend, - ed.) and Andriy Rogoza (CEO of “Inter Steel Ltd.”, - ed.) were supplying smuggled Russian components and components from the Ukrainian military units through straw companies at prices 2-4 times higher than market ones.

On March 4, President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Oleh Gladkovsky, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council from his post.

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As it was reported earlier, the investigators of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office detained the acting and former directors of the State Foreign Trade Enterprise SpetsTechnoExport on suspicion of embezzling $2,225 million, according to NABU.

The searches took place at the offices and houses of the Ukroboronprom officials on March 7.

Besides, the NABU has registered a new criminal proceeding after the third video on the embezzlement in the purchase in the defense sector was published by the journalists.

 

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