Following the motion of the NABU Detectives and SAPO Prosecutors, the High Anti-Corruption Court has arrested the property of the technological complex of the Samara-Western Direction oil product pipeline located on Ukraine's territory. On February 23, 2021, the judge passed a ruling that prohibits the disposal, alienation, and use of facilities and pipeline sections directly involved in the operation of the abovementioned complex.
On February 22, 2021, the NABU Detectives and SAPO Prosecutors notified three PJSC CB "PrivatBank" ex-officials of suspicion of embezzling over UAH 136.89 million. The notices of suspicion were signed by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.
The Draft Law initiated by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and said to tackle the situation after the infamous Constitutional Court's decision on NABU actually opens the way for a complete reset of the agency and attack on its institutional independence.
During January 2021, the High Anti-Corruption Court Appeals Chamber upheld three judgements of conviction in the NABU and SAPO cases. Oleksandr Mefodii, a member of the Kyiv Regional Council of the VII convocation, was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison, Vitaliy Kuts, Head of the Trebukhivska Village Council of the Brovary District, was sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment, and PGO Prosecutor Oleksandr Matiushko, who offered a bribe to get enrolled in NABU, got 2 years in jail.
On February 11, 2021, NABU and SAPO jointly with the Security Service of Ukraine under the procedural guidance of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine notified a Former Deputy Director of the “Ukrainian State Research and Design Institute of Nitrogen Industry and Organic Synthesis Products” SE of abusing office and drawing up an untrue expert's report (Part 3 Article 365-2, Part 2 Article 384 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office launched 386 criminal proceedings, served 76 persons with notices of suspicion, filed 35 indictments regarding 56 persons, and refunded more than UAH 370 million. These are the results of work of Ukraine's anti-corruption agencies for the second half of 2020 that were reported by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk and the SAPO Acting Head Maksym Hryshchuk at the briefing on February 10, 2021.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Commission for Anti-Corruption and Illegal Assets Forfeiture of the Republic of Bulgaria (CACIAF) will exchange experience, information and technical assistance as well as support for the promotion of work in accordance with the statutory powers. The executives of agencies discussed the formats of future cooperation during the online meeting, tool place on January 28, 2021.
The investigation as of the facts of receiving an improper advantage by the Deputy Head of the District Court of Kharkiv was completed. On January 28, 2021, the indictment as of abovementioned judge was sent to High Anti-Corruption Court. Her actions are qualified under Part 3 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
In 2020, the anti-corruption system faced a defiant influence not seen in previous years. Despite the growing pressure, even the existence of such an institution as the National Bureau should be considered as a victory. It was emphasized by the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk at the Transparency International presentation of the Corruption Perceptions Index 2020 (CPI).
On January 26, 2021, 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 a notice of suspicion to the Director of Kharkiv Municipal Enterprise (ME). He is suspected of abuse of office, which caused almost UAH 1 million losses to the territorial community. The actions of the official are qualified under Part 2 Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
During April 2020 – January 2021, UAH 2.49 million was returned to the Berdyansk Branch of the State Enterprise “Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority” (USPA SE). These funds were paid for undelivered equipment.