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Investigation commission should probe into military equipment smuggling, - Ukraine's far-right

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine's far-right Svoboda party representative believes the corruption case has elements of state treason
14:29, 28 February 2019

Andriy Ilyenko, the Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda”
112 Agency

The representatives of far-right Svoboda party demand to immediately create a Temporary investigation commission to investigate the cases of corruption in Ukroboronprom, as Chairman of the party Andriy Ilyenko said on air of 112 Ukraine.

Ilyenko insists on an immediate investigation of embezzlement of the defense budget and cooperation with Russia revealed in the investigation of corruption in Ukroboronprom. He is convinced that this case has elements of state treason.

“We don’t understand why the subjects of the investigation have not been arrested yet, why aren’t they questioned in the law enforcement agencies,” he stated.

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Ilyenko is convinced that looting of the defense budget and cooperation with the Russian Federation could weaken the defense capacity of Ukraine.

Earlier, State Fiscal Service reported $816,000 losses from corruption during supplying smuggled Russian spare parts to Ukroboronprom plants by OPTIMUMSPECPETAIL LLC. Iron, which was then used to repair military equipment from the area of hostilities, has been delivered to the enterprise.

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 Peskov claimed this to be absurd, as such equipment is under special control.

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“No, the whole turnover of dual-use production is under special control. This special control is conducted in order to prevent uncontrolled transporting of this production, this special equipment,” Peskov emphasized.

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.

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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 company was involved as a straw company.

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