The decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine to deprive the National Bureau of the authority to invalidate illegal agreements in court protects the organizers of corruption schemes and actually legitimizes the embezzlement of funds of state enterprises during the procurement of goods, works and services at inflated prices. The Constitutional Court ruled on June 5, 2019, based on the lawsuit of the “Zaporozhye Ferroalloy Plant”.
On May 30, 2019, the online voting for the new members of the Civil Oversight Council (COC) was held by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). Its results are published on the official website of the NABU, in accordance with the Regulations on the NABU Civil Oversight Council.
In 2019, representatives from Latvia and Paraguay will analyze the state of the UN Convention against Corruption implementation in Ukraine. In the same time, on June 4, 2019, Ukrainian experts, including a representative of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, and Czech colleagues began analyzing how the Convention is being implemented in Croatia.
States that have a common border should work together to combat smuggling, which cause damage to the budgets of each of them. This was stated by the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk on June 4, 2019, at the seminar “International Co-operation in Preventing and Fighting Corruption at Borders”.
The agreement between the State Enterprize “Coal Company “Krasnolymanska” (hereinafter — SE “CC “Krasnolymanska”) and intermediary company for supply of 649 thousand tons of coal at a reduced price was declared invalid. Such a decision was taken on May 22, 2019, by the Northern Commercial Court of Appeal on the suit of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (hereinafter — NABU).
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) makes every effort to expose and prosecute senior officials on corruption, but facing constant resistance on this path, which can be overcome with a support of civil society and international partners. The NABU Director stressed on it during a meeting with the International Monetary Fund mission, which took place on May 24, 2019, in the NABU.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine is the first law enforcement agency in Ukraine and one of the first law enforcement agencies in Europe and the world, which confirmed the full compliance of its anti-bribery management systems with the requirements of the international standard ISO 37001:2016. The NABU received the corresponding Certificate in April 2019.
On May 14, 2019, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), under the procedural guidance of Prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO), detained former Commander of the National Guard of Ukraine on suspicion of misappropriation of the property of the Main Department of the National Guard in the amount of 81.64 mln UAH. Executive director of real estate developer and real estate appraiser were also detained.
The lack of final court decisions is one of the main obstacles to the return of assets obtained by criminal means from abroad. This problem is relevant not only for Ukraine. Representatives of anti-corruption bodies identified the most serious challenges during the II International Expert Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 7-9, 2019.
The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (hereinafter — NABU) completed the investigation as of the facts of misappropriation of more than 1.75 mln UAH of the Regional Municipal Enterprise (RME) “Mykolaivoblteploenergo”. Former Acting Director of the RME “Mykolaivoblteploenergo”, who is suspected of committing the crime, had been granted with access to the documents of the pre-trial investigation on May 8, 2019, before making an indictment and sending it to the court.
The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) completed the pre-trial investigation as of the facts of 93.27 million UAH public funds embezzlement of the Public Joint-Stock Company (PJSC) «Ukrzaliznytsia» (Ukrainian railways). On May 3, 2019, eight suspects had been granted with access to the materials of the investigation. Then the indictment will be drawn up and sent to court.
As of the end of April 2019, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) brought 490 persons to criminal liability. Among them, there are 165 suspects and 325 accused persons of committing criminal corruption offenses under the NABU jurisdiction.