On Aug. 20, 2021, NABU and SAPO detained a member of the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL) accepting a USD 90 thousand bribe for facilitating the issue of gambling permits and licenses.
In July 2021, NABU Detectives launched probes within 48 criminal cases, served eight notices of suspicion, and filed 19 indictments against eight people. One conviction in respect of three persons came into force.
On Aug. 12, 2021, NABU and SAPO filed the case against the ex-Pivdendiproshakht SE Acting Director and his Deputy with the High Anti-Corruption Court. Both are charged with embezzling UAH 7 million from the company.
On Aug. 12, 2021, NABU and SAPO sent an indictment against the former Head of the National Police in Odesa region (from September 2016 to April 2019), his ex-deputy and two heads of private companies to court. All four are accused of illegally seizing a large batch of tobacco products previously withdrawn from illicit trafficking. Their actions fall under Part 5 Art. 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ("misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by abuse of official post").
NABU and SAPO have completed an investigation of another participant in the scheme to embezzle UAH 92 million from the Odesa Сity budget during the purchase of buildings of HC Krayan OJSC. On Aug. 11, 2021, SAPO Prosecutors filed an indictment drawn up by NABU Detectives to court. The actions of the accused, an accomplice who coordinated the actions of the participants in the crime, fall under Part 5 Art. 27, Part 5 Art. 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On Aug. 11, 2021 NABU and SAPO served a notice of suspicion to the Mykolaiv Deputy Mayor who was detained the day before on UAH 26.8 million embezzlement charges. Besides, yesterday evening, suspicion notices were served to the First Deputy Director of a Mykolaiv City Council department and two heads of private companies (one of them being a deputy of the Odesa City Council) allegedly involved in the corruption scheme.
On Aug. 11, 2021, the case of a former Security Service senior investigator in Odesa region, who extorted and accepted a USD 80 thousand bribe, was referred to court. The actions of the suspect fall under Part 4 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
On Aug. 11, 2021, NABU and SAPO filed an indictment with the High Anti-Corruption Court against an MP and his accomplice accused of extorting and taking an illegal benefit. As previously reported, in the summer of 2020, the National Bureau learnt about the existence of an organized criminal group trading legal powers of parliamentarians. To identify all its members and promptly document their activities, NABU launched a special operation involving an undercover Detective.
On Aug. 10, 2021, NABU and SAPO exposed a corruption scheme used by local officials to embezzle more than UAH 26,8 million from the city budget during the reconstruction of Soborna Square in Mykolaiv.
In the first six months of 2021, the economic effect of the National Bureau and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office activities reached record UAH 1.85 billion. These are funds and assets returned to state-owned enterprises voluntarily and as a result of lawsuits, confiscated by court, as well as those whose embezzlement was prevented.
In the first six months of 2021, NABU and SAPO launched investigations into 336 criminal proceedings, served notices of suspicion to 42 persons, filed 25 indictments regarding 43 accused persons, and ensured compensation of more than UAH 1.1 billion. This was stressed by NABU Director Artem Sytnyk at the press conference on August 9, 2021.
NABU and SAPO have completed an investigation of the Dniprovskyi District Court of Kyiv ex-judge, who demanded and received a USD 150,000 bribe for passing an illegal ruling. On Aug. 6, 2021, the case files were disclosed for the defense. The actions of the ex-judge fall under Part 4 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ("Accepting an offer, promise or receiving an improper advantage by an official").