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Poroshenko assures he is not involved in corruption schemes in Ukroboronprom

The President outraged due to the investigation has been ongoing since 2016, but has not been passed to the court yet
23:05, 10 April 2019

Novoye vremya

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that he was not involved in any corruption schemes. Poroshenko said this during the interview with Novoye Vremya.

“I emphasize that Petro Poroshenko was not involved in any corruption schemes. I confirm and stress this. I did not know about any corruption schemes. I can say this absolutely honestly to everybody, including the law enforcers today,” the President said commenting on the journalist investigation of the corruption at the Ukroboronprom.

Poroshenko is outraged due to the investigation has been ongoing since 2016, but has not been passed to the court yet. Moreover, the leak of data of the law enforcement institutions has happened.

“What have you been waiting for three years? What else do you need and why the case has not been passed to the court yet? These questions were addressed to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Bureau,” the Head of State outlined.

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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 knew the origin of the smuggled parts but agreed to purchase them.

Igor Gladkovsky, along with Vitaliy Zhukov and Andriy Rogoza were supplying smuggled Russian components and components from the Ukrainian military units through straw companies at prices 2-4 times higher than market ones.

Related: 6 thousand units of weapons and military equipment UkrOboronProm transferred to Ukrainian army

On March 4, President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Oleh Gladkovsky, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council from his post. he replaced his close associate with Maksym Kryvonos, one of the presidential nominees, who withdrew his candidacy in favor of Poroshenko and was soon appointed NSDC high-ranker.

As it was reported earlier, the investigators of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office detained the acting and former directors of the State Foreign Trade Enterprise SpetsTechnoExport on suspicion of embezzling $2,225 million, according to NABU.

According to the investigation, Poroshenko's enterprise Kuznia na Rybalskomu was one of the straw companies, which participated in the embezzlement.

Related: Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine searches office of Ukroboronporom CEO

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