State Concern “Ukroboronprom” (association of multi-product enterprises in various sectors of the defense industry of Ukraine) finds the investigation of the journalists of “Nashi Groshi” (Our Money) show on the embezzlements by concern’s officials as manipulations as the press service of the “Ukroboronprom” reported.
“Ukroboronprom thinks it is incorrect to estimate the content of the information published by “Nashi Groshi.” The journalists did not indicate the sources where they got it and they displayed separate and fragmented data in a manipulative way,” the message said.
It is also emphasized that the theme of the show, particularly about the activity of “Optimumspecdetail”, shows that its authors used the information, which could be received within the criminal proceedings opened in 2015-2016. Particularly, it is known from the open sources that law enforcement bodies investigate such cases:
- the criminal proceeding opened by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) in March 2016 on the drafting and issuance of the known to be false documents about the supplies of the material assets, which were not supplied in fact by the officials of Kharkiv Armored Plant, Kyiv Armored Plant, and Lviv Armored Plant;
- the criminal proceeding opened by the Military Prosecutor’s Office of Zhytomyr garrison in July 2016 against the officials of Zhytomyr Armored Plant on the supplies of the parts and equipment purchased from the enterprises with the signs of fictious nature to “Optimumspecdetail”;
- two criminal proceedings opened by the Military Prosecutor’s Office of Kyiv garrison in 2015, in which the officials of “Optimumspecdetail” are involved;
- the criminal proceeding opened by the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine opened in 2016 about the cooperation of “Ukroboronprom” and “Optimumspecdetail”.
“The management of the concern is interested in the investigation of all criminal proceedings as soon as possible and the officials involved in the abuse of power will be punished in accordance with the law,” the message noted.
At the same time, “Ukroboronprom” added that the arbitrary use of the information concerning the national security should be properly estimated by the competent bodies.
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.
Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has initiated impeachment proceedings against Poroshenko, as his company was involved as a straw company.