Leaders of Ukraine's state arms trading company accused of seizing of $23,8 million in 2010-2012

The suspects are hiding from the body of the pretrial investigation, they are put on the wanted list
18:26, 25 March 2019

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The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has notified ex-leadership of the Ukspetsexport, Ukrainian state-owned arms trading company and part of the state conglomerate Ukrainian Defense Industry, about suspicion in the embezzlement of $23,8 million in absentia as Larysa Sargan, the Spokesperson of Prosecutor General, reported on Facebook.

Ex-leadership of Ukrspetsexport is suspected of concluding the contracts on the cooperation with the foreign company registered in the United Arab Emirates during 2010-2012 with the abuse of authority. The contracts were concluded to provide the document processing of the fake economic ties and illegal transfer of money without fulfillment of any works or service for Ukrspetsexport on foreign economic contracts and it led to the embezzlement of the funds in the sum of $23,8 million.

Considering the fact that the mentioned persons are hiding from the body of the pretrial investigation, they were put on the wanted list.

Related: Ukrobonprom denies exporting ammunition to Russia since 2014

At the same time, one of the suspects, ex-head of Ukrspetsexport was appointed to the post of Ukroboronprom Head and Defense Minister later during the period of the implementation of the criminal plan on embezzlement of these funds.

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 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: Poroshenko orders to conduct public audit of Ukroboronprom before April 16

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.

The searches took place at the offices and houses of the Ukroboronprom officials on March 7.

Related: Ukroboronprom asks not to make defense industry topic 'political'

Besides, the NABU has registered a new criminal proceeding after the third video on the embezzlement in the purchase in the defense sector was published by the journalists.


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