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Embezzlement in Ukraine's army: Ukroboronprom directors detained

They are suspected of embezzling $2,225 million
18:18, 4 March 2019

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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, as the press office of NABU reported on Facebook.

“On March 4, 2019 NABU and SAP investigators detained the acting and former directors of SpetsTechnoExport (a part of state concern Ukroboronprom) on suspicion of embezzling $2,225 million. Three former officials from the enterprise were arrested as well,” the message says.

Related: Poroshenko announces session of National Security Council on Ukroboronprom’s reforming

As we reported earlier, Kremlin commented on the scandal with smuggling of military equipment to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The press secretary of the president of Russian Federation Dmitry Pesov claimed this to be absurd, as such equipment is under special control.

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.

Related: Ukroboronprom calls investigation about embezzlements manipulation

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.

Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has initiated impeachment proceedings against Poroshenko, as his Leninska Kuznia company was involved as a straw company.

Related: Ukroboronprom ranked 81st in Top 100 of world's major arms producers

“Ukroboronprom” called the investigation of the journalists of “Nashi Groshi” (Our Money) show on the embezzlements by concern’s officials “manipulations”.

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