The detectives of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine are conducting a number of searches in different locations of Kyiv and Kyiv region, in particular in the offices of firms associated with criminal schemes in selling natural gas.
The searches were carried out on the basis of judicial warrants as part of the pre-trial investigation in criminal proceeding on charges of position abuse in selling natural gas mined in collaboration with the UkrGasVydobuvannya PJSC. According to the information entered into the Unified Register of Pre-Trial Investigations, gas was sold at prices below market value, which caused substantial harm to the State's interests. According to the NABU detectives' estimates, the damage amounts to over 1 billion UAH.
A door sign was found in one of the offices during the search indicating it was a public reception office of parliament member Oleksandr Onyschenko, the one he told the press about. However, according to the information from Verkhovna Rada, there was no public reception office at that address. The ownership of the office where the search was conducted did not belong to Mr. Onyschenko either.
We emphasize that all the searches in the location specified were conducted because it was the address of one of the firms being investigated under the above-mentioned criminal proceeding.
Contrary to the information spread by certain media, the investigative actions do not have anything in common with the so called “Martynenko case”. Oleksandr Onischenko had been brought in for questioning on Monday as a witness in the case against M.Martynenko. However the judicial warrant for searches in the above-mentioned offices was given long before calling Mr. Onyschenko for questioning or any other events he associates the recent investigative actions with.