"The G7 is still highly interested in the fight against corruption in Ukraine. We closely monitor the latest developments around the National Bureau and other anti-corruption bodies in Ukraine," said Melinda Simmons, the British Ambassador to Ukraine, during a visit to the National Bureau. It should be noted that the UK currently holds the G7 Precedency.
The representatives of Uzbek anti-corruption institutions highly appreciate Ukraine’s positive experience and are interested in cooperation and exchange of knowledge on how to protect whistleblowers, consider corruption reports and monitor the implementation of the anti-corruption strategy. During the online meeting on April 13, 2021, the heads of the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the National Agency on Corruption Prevention discussed the areas for future cooperation and agreed to sign a trilateral memorandum.
In March 2021, the NABU Detectives launched probes within 61 criminal cases, served four notices of suspicion, filed five indictments against eight people. Two convictions in respect of three persons came into force.
On April 13, 2021, NABU and SAPO served a notice of suspicion to the beneficiary of a group of companies operating in Ukraine's road industry. His actions fall under Part 4 Article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (giving an improper advantage to an official).
The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) have completed a pre-trial investigation into the scheme resulting in the loss of UAH 30 million by the State. Those funds were allocated for the construction of a new building of the National Children's Specialized Hospital “Okhmatdyt”. On April 9 2021, two suspects and their defence were granted access to the case materials.
On April 7, 2021, notices of suspicion were served to two lawyers who had been exposed the day before receiving an improper advantage in the amount of USD 100 thousand for its further transfer to judges of the Kyiv District Administrative Court. Their actions fall under Part 4 Article 27, Part 3 Article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On April 6, 2021, an indictment regarding three persons involved in the Krayan Plant corruption scheme was sent to court. These persons are charged with embezzling 92 million UAH from Odesa Сity budget during the purchase of the buildings of the Open Joint Stock Company (OJSC) "Holding Company “Krayan". The actions of all these persons fall under Part 5 Article 191, Part 3 Article 209 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The NABU Detectives and the SAPO Prosecutors have filed an indictment to the High Anti-Corruption Court regarding persons who attempted to offer USD 5 mln in bribe to the Heads of anti-corruption agencies to ensure the closure of criminal proceedings involving the former Ecology Minister under President Yanukovych (suspected of the seizure of stabilization loan funds provided to Real Bank PJSC).
On April 1, 2021, SAPO Prosecutors and NABU Detectives referred an indictment in relation to the former Head of two private companies involved in a corruption scheme that helped embezzle public funds during the extraction and sale of natural gas under joint venture agreements with Ukrgazvydobuvannia PJSC. This is one of the several indictments already filed within the so-called "gas scheme" case.
On March 30, 2021, the indictment in respect of the Head of Kharkiv District Administrative Court was sent to court. The actions of the official are qualified under Part 3 Article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The Supreme Court has ruled it is the Kyiv Court of Appeal and not the High Anti-Corruption Court that has to decide the fate of the case regarding an attempt to offer USD 5 mln in bribe to the heads of NABU and SAPO. The decision was made by the panel of judges of the Third Judicial Chamber of the Criminal Court of Cassation of the Supreme Court on March 26, 2021 (the full text of the decision will be announced on March 30).
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office have completed an investigation into the loss of UAH 2.2 million caused to the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine (FISU). On March 25, 2021, an indictment regarding three persons was sent to court.