The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) calls on the Verhovna Rada of Ukraine to support the submissions for criminal prosecution, detention and arrest of the Members of Parliament (MPs) Maksym Poliakov and Boryslav Rosenblat involved in the so-called «amber case».
On analyzing social, economic, legislative and regulatory processes in Ukraine, the NABU identified that among spheres that are the most susceptible to top-corruption is extraction and realization of amber on the territory of Rivno, Zhytomyr and Volyn Regions. Clearly these processes have illegal character, and it would be impossible to conduct them without support of representatives of state authorities, including some of the representatives of the Parliament. Having collected the data both from open and confidential sources, electronic databases and keeping in mind possible illegal involvement of law enforcement and controlling agencies, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine decided to initiate a special operation to disclose a criminal activity of participants of an organized group. The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine has the right to take such actions according to Article 8 of the Law of Ukraine «On Special Investigative Techniques».
Following her cover story, the NABU Detective «Kateryna», acting as a person cooperating with foreign construction company interested in investing in legal extraction and exports of amber, established and developed trustworthy relations with possible participants of illegal operations with amber. «Kateryna» shared with these persons the company's plans to invest funds if the legislation on extraction and export of amber is changed. The longread helps to find out what have happened next...
On June 30, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Anti-Corruption prosecutors completed the pre-trial investigation of the criminal proceeding as of the facts of receiving an improper advantage by the 2 officials of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU). The abovementioned persons are suspected of committing a crime under Part 4 Article 368 and Part 3 Article 369-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine («Accepting an offer, promise or receiving an improper advantage by an official»). On the same day the indictment was sent to the court.
On June 30, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Anti-corruption prosecutors jointly with the employees of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) detained the Acting Head of the City Court in Lugansk region on receiving an improper advantage.
Over the next two years the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (USA) (International Corruption Unit) will cooperate in investigations related to money laundering, international asset recovery and Ukrainian high-level officials’ bribery and corruption. This is stated in the Memorandum of Understanding between the NABU and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which was signed on June 29,2017, by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk and the Head of the FBI Criminal Division Matthew Moon.
In response to numerous requests from mass media with regards to reports that Paul Manafort`s Consulting firm had received 17 million USD from the Party of Regions in 2012-2014, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) inform on the following. The name of Paul Manafort was mentioned in 22 items in the period from November 20, 2007, to October 5, 2012, in the documents that were passed to the NABU by the Former First Deputy of the State Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Trepak in May 2016. According to the lists, a total sum of the money received amounts to 12.7 million USD.
More than 20 million UAH was returned to the State budget according to the court decision of the Solomyansky District Court of Kyiv. The funds were confiscated as a result of the pre-trial investigation as of the facts of the abuse of the officials of the State Administration of Railway Transport of Ukraine (now PJSC “Ukrzaliznytsia”). One of the suspects provided the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) with valuable data and signed plea bargain agreement which was followed by the court decision. According to the decision, the funds were confiscated in the amount that fully compensates the damage caused by the corruption scheme to the State Enterprise (SE).
The support of the internationals partners of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) in the pre-trial investigations and of ensuring of the functional independence is very important. This was stressed by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk at the first meeting of the Supervisory Board of the European Union’s Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine (EUACI) on June 22, 2017.
On June 19, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Anti-corruption prosecutors detained 7 persons involved in demanding and receiving improper advantage for the assistance to a foreign company in the realization of amber mining in Ukraine. The operation was implemented jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (USA).
The establishment of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Court will be the final stage of anti-corruption and judicial reforms in Ukraine. This was stressed by Artem Sytnyk, the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) at the Symposium on the Phenomenon of Corruption held on June 16-18 in Berlin.
On June 19, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) jointly with the officers of the Department of Economic Security of the National Police of Ukraine under the procedural guidance of the Anti-corruption prosecutors detained the Deputy of Regional Council of Khmelnytsky Region – the Deputy Head of one of the Standing Committees. He is suspected of committing crimes under Part 2 Article 15, Part 4 Article 190 (Fraud), Part 4 Article 27, Part 2 Article 15, Part 4 Article 369 («Offer, promise, or give improper advantage to official») of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On June 16, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Anti-Corruption prosecutors detained a person suspected of embezzlement of gas condensate produced by Public Joint-Stock Company (PJSC) Ukrgasvydobuvannia. The abovementioned person is also suspected in allegedly committing the crime in the so-called «Onyshchenko’s gas case» (the case was directed to the court). On the same day the suspect was given notice of suspicion.