All criminal proceedings investigated by the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) have one thing in common: they relate to top-level officials that were previously immune. As the result of this all of the Bureau’s cases are surrounded with speculations. This was stressed by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk at the hearings of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Corruption Prevention and Counteraction, held on November 3, 2017. "Recently, the attention of the public has been focused on the investigation of the so-called "backpacks’ case". The actions of the NABU were criticized due to alleged illegality of the evidence. Therefore, I want to say that the video, which became public and was passed to the NABU for examination, is valid and admissible evidence in this case. But it is not the only evidence," emphasized Artem Sytnyk.
At the meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Committee, Artem Sytnyk mentioned the details of the corruption scheme during the purchase of backpacks for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (MIA), as a result of which the State suffered losses in the amount of more than 14.5 million UAH. Thus, the investigation revealed that in autumn 2014 using his personal relationship with the Deputy Minister of the MIA, a private person A. organized purchase of backpacks for the soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine. The purchase was conducted despite the fact that in the depots of the Ministry of Internal Affairs there were already 2,000 unused backpacks. The organizer agreed on the manufacture of backpacks with the entrepreneur L., who in turn found the fictitious Limited liability company (LLC) for participating in the negotiated procurement procedure with the MIA. Due to the relationships with the suspect A., the LLC received a contract for the supply of 5,000 backpacks at a price of 2,899 UAH per unit. The contract was filled up with a list of requirements for backpacks including size, fabric, pockets, valves, orthopedic properties etc. The LLC actually existed only for the exchange of documents. In fact, a number of private entrepreneurs including penitentiary enterprises had sewed the backpacks. In March-May 2015, a private entrepreneur L. actually supplied 5,000 backpacks to the MIA, which allegedly came from the LLC. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine bought backpacks and paid the LLC almost 14.5 million UAH. The funds were transferred into cash through a series of fictitious companies. As a result, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine received poor quality backpacks that did not meet the requirements listed by the Ministry itself.
Artem Sytnyk said that the «backpacks` case» is not complicated in terms of evidence and he waits for fast and successful court trial. In addition, he reminded the parliamentarians on the need to establish a High Anti-Corruption Court, which would make sentences for cases of top-corruption.
You can find more details about the "backpacks` case" in the scheme and in the case’s profile.
Scheme in HQ: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nab_ukr/38159261576/
Case`s profile in HQ: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nab_ukr/38159261786/