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Prosecutor’s Office suspects ex-Defense Minister in harming Ukraine in sum of $560 million

Former Defense Minister of Ukraine Salamatin is accused of the embezzlement, abuse of authority, and state treason
20:00, 14 January 2019

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Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (GPU) notified ex-Defense Minister Dmytro Salamatin about suspicion in the participation in the criminal organization of former president Viktor Yanukovych, embezzlement in the especially large scale, and state treason, as Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko reported on reported on Facebook.

“International and Legal Cooperation Department of GPU notified about suspicion to former Defense Minister of Ukraine D. A. Salamatin in participation in the criminal organization of V. Yanukovych, embezzlement in the especially large scale, abuse of authority and commitment of the state treason in the interest of the Russian Federation, undermining of the defense capacity, state and economic security of Ukraine by commitment of the international acts aiming for the displacement of Ukraine for the world markets in the interest of Russia,” he wrote.

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According to the GPU, the intentional acts of Salamatin on the disruption of the contracts between the state enterprise “Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau,” state enterprise “Antonov,” state enterprise specialized foreign trade firm “Progress” and Defense Ministry of Iraq for the supply, service and repair works of the hardware damaged Ukraine in the amount of $560 million.

Dmytro Salamatin headed Defense Ministry of Ukraine in 2012. On February 8, 2012, he replaced Mykhailo Yezhel at this post and occupied it until December 24, 2012. On December 25, 2012, he was appointed as advisor of Viktor Yanukovych.

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The criminal case against the number of ex-Defense Ministers of Ukraine, including Pavlo Lebedev, Dmytro Salamatin, Anatoliy Hrytsenko, as well as against the commanders of the General Staff was opened in 2014.

Earlier the former owner of “Standart” Bank suspected in the embezzlement of funds of the financial establishment was put on the international wanted list.

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Besides, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) got the access to the bank and other financial records in the case of the possible illicit enrichment by Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko.

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