Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the NABU Detectives and the SAPO Prosecutors have not slowed down in the fight against corruption. In the first half of 2020, the investigation of 406 criminal proceedings was started, 125 persons were given notices of suspicion, and 33 cases as of 50 persons were sent to court. This was stated by Artem Sytnyk, the NABU Director and Nazar Kholodnitskiy, the SAPO Head at the press briefing “Presentation of the Report on the NABU and SAPO results during the first half of 2020” on August 17, 2020.
The NABU Detectives have started pre-trial investigations of 88 cases. 14 persons were given notices of suspicion of committing corruption crimes. Indictments as of 7 persons within 4 cases were sent to court. These are the results of the NABU activities as of July 2020.
On August 11, 2020, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) gave notices of suspicion to five persons. They are suspected of embezzlement of natural gas of National Joint-Stock Company (NJSC) Naftogaz of Ukraine, which exceeds UAH 729.8 million.
On August 5, 2020, an indictment as of the facts of Odesa City Mayor submitting false data in e-declaration was sent to court. The abovementioned official is accused of committing a crime under Article 366-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine: the investigation revealed that Odesa City Mayor did not submit data in the declaration of 2017.
On August 4, 2020, the indictment as of the ex-Deputy General Director of the private company and Director of Eco-Service Trading House LLC was sent to court. Abovementioned persons are accused of committing a crime under Part 5 Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On July 31, 2020, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) gave notices of suspicion to six persons. They organized a scheme under which Arkona Gas-Energy LLC received the right to use the subsoil of the Svistunkivsko-Chervonolutsky gas condensate field (located in Poltava Region ) at an artificially low cost. As a result, the State lost UAH 196.8 million, which the LLC had to pay for the obtaining of a special subsoil use permit.
On July 28, 2020, on behalf of the District Prosecutor’s Office of Warsaw in the framework of the pre-trial investigation, NABU and SAPO gave a notice of suspicion to the beneficial owner of a group of companies operating in the field of road management in Ukraine. He is suspected of providing an improper advantage to the Former Acting Head of the State Road Agency of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) and futher legalization of funds in Poland.
The pre-trial investigation as of the Head of the Capital Construction Department of the Donetsk Regional State Administration was completed. The official is suspected of causing UAH 2.87 million damages to the Ministry of Defenсe of Ukraine. These funds were allocated for the construction of strongholds in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area. On July 29, 2020, the suspect and his defense had been granted with access to investigation materials for review.
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) exposed a criminal group including the former officials of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and the representatives of a private company on abuses during the arrangement of the Shyrokyi Lan military range in Mykolayiv Oblast. As a result of their actions, the state suffered more than UAH 37 million damages. On July 30, 2020, five persons were given notices of suspicion.
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) exposed a criminal group of five persons, who organized a corrupt scheme of purchasing uninhabitable apartments for the National Guard of Ukraine (NGU) members.
1845 tons of rutile concentrate of the Public Joint-Stock Company United Mining and Chemical Company (PJSC UMCC) were seized at the initiative of NABU, SAPO and the executives of the UMCC (100% state-owned). Thus, they prevented the export of products without payment by a foreign intermediary-company.
The benefits and risks of the digitalization of the pre-trial investigation and the introduction of the eCase MS became the main theme of the speech of Nadiia Polkhovska, the Senior NABU Detective and Volodymyr Deulin, the Odesa Territorial Office Director at the Odesa Criminal Law Forum "Zolotyi Dyuk", took place on July 24, 2020.