NAPC to consider Pandora Papers investigation when checking Zelensky, Bakanov declarations

Source : 112 Ukraine

The facts stated in the journalistic investigation may be grounds for prosecuting the officials
12:39, 5 October 2021

National Agency on Corruption Prevention
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The information in the materials of Pandora Papers journalistic investigation will be taken into account when the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NAPC) will verify the declarations of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov. This was stated by the Head of NAPC Oleksandr Novikov in an interview with Radio NV.

"The first declaration that is being checks in the country is the president's declaration. The inspection was launched in April and its results will be published by October 18," Novikov said.

He also noted that the NAPC will check the declaration of the Head of the SBU, while the first aide to the president on a voluntary basis is not required to submit such a document, and therefore is not subject to verification.

The Head of the NAPC stressed that the declarations of Zelensky and Bakanov would be checked not because of the information published by journalists, but in accordance with the order of priority.

Related: Biden says the White House studies Pandora Papers investigation

At the same time, the facts set out in the journalistic investigation may be grounds for prosecuting the officials.

It is noteworthy that the journalists have exposed over 330 offshore politicians around the world as part of Pandora's Dossier investigation. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is also mentioned in the investigation.

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who was elected in 2019 on a pledge to clean up his country’s notoriously corrupt and oligarch-influenced economy, is also named in the leak. During the campaign, Zelenskiy transferred his 25% stake in an offshore company to a close friend who now works as the president’s top adviser, the files suggest. Zelenskiy declined to comment and it is unclear if he remains a beneficiary.

Ukraine took first place among the countries whose politicians were included in Pandora's Dossier.

You can read more about Zelensky's offshore affairs and his entourage here.

Related: Zelensky transferred 25% of shares in offshore company to adviser before election, - Pandora Papers

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