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Ex-Deputy Chairman of Ukrgasvydobuvannya busted for $200,000 bribe

Former official demanded to unfreeze property in Yanukovych criminal case
18:33, 9 August 2018

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The Prosecutor General's Office and the Security Service detained ex-Deputy Chairman of the Board Ukrgasvydobuvannya Aleksey Tamrazov for the attempt to bribe the prosecutor with 200,000 dollars. This was reported by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko on Facebook.

"Former Ukrgasvydobuvannya first Deputy Chairman of the Board Tamrazov was arrested after offering a bribe of $200,000 to the public prosecutor of the Prosecutor General's Office for assisting in the removal of arrest from property in a criminal case involving the activities of a criminal organization of Viktor Yanukovych," Lutsenko said.

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As it was reported earlier, Ukraine loses up to $4,8 billion in a year because of the corruption at customs, as Süddeutsche Zeitung reported referring to its own journalistic investigation conducted in Kyiv and Odesa. The news agency refers to the documents received into its possession. Allegedly, it comprises information on thousands of cargos which cross the Ukrainian border. The data allows tracking their way.

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According to the journalists, this information proves the facts of “a mass corruption” on many of the Ukrainian borders. The main scheme is the “re-declaration” of the goods, which is being carried out with the participation of the state agencies’ officers. Therefore, a product which is located de-facto in the cargo is declared as another one, the one which requires fewer taxes.

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