Far-right National Corps demand to arrest those who embezzled Ukrainian army funds

Source : 112 Ukraine

Poroshenko's Leninska Kuznia business entity was one of the straw companies for smuggling spare parts from the Russian Federation with kickbacks and prices inflated 2-4 times
13:26, 27 February 2019

Protest near house of the son of First Deputy Secretary of National Security and Defence Council Igor Gladovsky
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On Tuesday, February 26, the supporters of far-right National Corps political party carried out a rally near the house of the son of First Deputy Secretary of National Security and Defence Council Igor Gladovsky, who has been suspected of organizing corruption schemes on the supply of smuggles spare parts for the  Ukroboronprom state concern ((association of multi-product enterprises in various sectors of the defense industry of Ukraine). The protesters spilled red paint and scattered fake banknotes near a luxury house in Kozyn village, Kyiv region to show that each stolen Ukrainian hryvnia is a bloody crime.

The rally lasted for around one hour. Then, the protesters left and promised to monitor the situation.

Later, the far-right representatives have appealed to the law enforcement agencies and the current authorities to take immediate measures concerning people involved in the corruption scandal. In particular, on their official Facebook page, they urged to:

 - carry out an immediate investigation of the facts which testify to the involvement of First Deputy Secretary of National Security and Defence Council Oleg Gladkovsky and his son in the corruption scheme on embezzlement of funds of “Ukroboronprom.”

- if these facts are confirmed, to bring Oleg Gladkovsky and other participants of the scheme to justice.

- put all the participants of the corruption scheme under arrest to prevent their escape or pressure on the witnesses.

- arrest property and accounts of all the participants of the corruption scheme along with the enterprises which were involved in this.

- deprive Igor Gradgovsky of the mandate of an honorary consul in the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Seychelles in Kyiv.

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.

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.

On February 25, First Deputy Secretary of National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleg Gladkovsky appealed to the law enforcement agencies asking to check the information published in the journalist investigation Bihus.Info. That information contains facts about illegal deals in purchasing in the army. 

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko supported this demand and suspended Gladkovsky. Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has initiated impeachment proceedings against Poroshenko, as his company was involved as a straw company.

“Ukroboronprom” called the investigation of the journalists on the embezzlements by concern’s officials “manipulations”.

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