Internal Control Department (hereinafter – ICD) of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine has completed investigation as of the facts of alleged misdeeds of NABU employees contained in the correspondence aired in TV program BIHUS.INFO. The results of the investigation were communicated to the Disciplinary Commission, which will decide on the occurrence of disciplinary offence in the actions of NABU employees.
The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) completed investigation as of the facts of misappropriation of 6 land plots in the capital by the Deputy of the Kyiv City Council, ex-Secretary of the land commission. On April 1, 2019, ex-official and his accomplice were granted with access to the materials of criminal proceeding for review.
Since Article 368-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (“Illegal enrichment”) was declared unconstitutional by a decision of the Constitutional Court, as of March 28, 2019, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (the NABU) and the Prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (the SAPO) were forced to close criminal proceedings under this article. It is about the complete closure of 27 criminal proceedings and 38 — in parts of Article 368-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The total amount of the funds, the origin of which was investigated by the NABU Detectives in these cases, amounted to more than 500 million UAH.
The statement of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, who publicly said that the National Anti-Corruption Bureau could have influenced the US presidential election, is not true and is an absurd effort to discredit an independent anti-corruption agency.
Ukrainian mass media have recently published 87 pages sent by Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (the PGO) to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (the NABU) in March 2017. In this regard, we want to clarify the context and the key points of their content in order to prevent manipulation and distortion of information.
The Northern Commercial Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Commercial Court of Kyiv, which declared invalid the agreement between the State Enterprise “Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority” (SE “USPA”) and the Limited Liability Company (LLC) “Tekhmorhidrostroy Mykolayiv” on 712 million UAH. The decision taken by the appeal court on March 13, 2019, has entered into legal force. This allows the SE “USPA” to begin the procedure for returning illegally paid 118.4 million UAH.
The investigation in the defense sector is one of the main priorities in the work of the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). According to preliminary estimates, exposed corruption in defense sphere caused 1 billion UAH damage. The NABU Director Artem Sytnyk at the briefing on March 7, 2019, emphasized this.
On March 4, 2019, 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) detained the current and former Directors of the State Enterprise "SpetsTechnoExport" and three more ex-officials on suspicion of embezzlement of 2.225 million USD (55.5 million UAH). On the same day they were given notices of suspicion.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) believes that the decision of the Constitutional Court on declaring Article 368-2 of the Criminal Code unconstitutional, which provided liability for illegal enrichment, now gives officials opportunities for abuse and provides indulgence to criminal offenses committed by them. From now on, a millionth wealth obtained from sources which legality are not confirmed is not considered a criminal offense in Ukraine.
“Corruption in the 21st century has become a transnational phenomenon. Therefore, the fight against it is not only the task of a certain state, it is an issue global security,” First Deputy Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine Gizo Uglava said. The panel discussion “Fighting Corruption in the Countries of the Eastern Partnership” within the framework of the VI Annual Conference of the Estonian Center for Eastern Partnership took place in Tallinn on February 8, 2019.