Artem Sytnyk, the Head of Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine claimed that all cover operations of the NABU agents were stopped. He claimed this at the press conference broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.
'Unfortunately, the workers of the SBU department on the fight against corruption reached the goal and the possibility to complete the operation was lost. We can only estimate the evidence that we succeed to collect before the wrecking of the operation. The second goal is to wreck all operations that were already executed by the NABU agents. And it was the main goal when there was a penetrating into the secret facilities of the NABU. And this goal was also reached, the operations were stopped and it is unethical from the point of view of the anti-corruption establishments', he said.
Sytnyk also added: 'I would like to honestly say that if somebody thinks that we do not own the information on the secret facilities of other bodies then the workers of these bodies are sorely mistaken because we possess such information'.
As we reported earlier that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained the agent of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) during the attempt to bribe Dina Pimakhova, the First Deputy Head of State Migration Service.
Dina Pimakhova, the First Deputy Head of the State Migration Service revealed her version of the incident with the agent of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU). According to her, Serhy Boyarsky, the NABU agent established the informal friendly relations with her and began to offer a bribe to legalize the foreigners.
The NABU, however, believes it was an intentional diversion of their work by the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Security Service. NABU spokesperson emphasized that their undercover operation lasted since April, but the law enforcers’ actions jeopardized it.
The NABU says they started the operation, as according to their information, the State Migration Service officers were demanding bribes from foreigners for issuing citizenships and permits for temporary residence.
The detectives say they had made up a cover story, by which the undercover agent came into contact with Pimakhova, and in November she agreed to help with giving out a permit for temporary residence for $30.000.