It should have been a good case. Evidence of a crime, billions of dollars in public losses and an oligarch-owned corporation allegedly controlling state bodies like marionettes. But for all of the new government’s reformist posturing, it refuses to cut the strings,- more about the case in the article KyivPost.
The investigation as of the facts of illegally received from the state budget cash compensation payments in the amount of UAH 928 thousand for renting a room in the SE Hotel Complex National by the Member of Parliament (MP) of the VIII convocation is completed. On September 8, 2020, the suspect and his defense had been granted with access to criminal proceeding for review. The actions of the official are qualified under Part 2 Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (“Abuse of office”).
NABU and SAPO exposed a corruption scheme of illegal disposal of the property of the “Boryspil International Airport” State Enterprise (hereinafter — Boryspil International Airport), which resulted in causing more than UAH 16.5 million losses to the State Enterprise. On September 7, 2020, the former SE Head and the Head of the Lease Relations Service were given notices of suspicion. The actions of the suspects are qualified under Part 2 Article 364 ("Abuse of authority or office").
For the first time in the history of Ukraine, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine considered the issue of the constitutionality of an act of individual action, despite the opposite previous long-term judicial practice. However, the fact that the Presidential Decree on Appointment on the NABU Director is declared unconstitutional does not terminate the powers of the NABU Director or any other person who is appointed by the President, and does not automatically mean his dismissal. Until the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopts the amendments to the legislation, Artem Sytnyk has the right to exercise his powers as the NABU Director. Therefore, currently NABU is operates normally.
A quick decision made after the publication of the so-called "Kyiv District Administrative Court recordings", including in relation to decision-making by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine is another step towards the destruction of the institutional independence of the National Bureau.
Comics, an ironic blog, an anti-corruption platform and an anti-corruption student support service will create zero tolerance for corruption. More than fifty graduates of the National Bureau's First Anti-Corruption Online School support the idea.
The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) completed the pre-trial investigation as of the Director of one of the private companies involved in UAH 787 million of public funds embezzlement of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). The investigation revealed that he acted as a member of a criminal organization created by the Former President of Ukraine.
The economic impact from the NABU and SAPO activities includes the funds returned to the State Enterprises voluntarily and by court decisions, funds confiscated from suspects who violated the bail obligations, and illegal cash compensation payments returned by the ex-Members of Parliament of Ukraine.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the NABU Detectives and the SAPO Prosecutors have not slowed down in the fight against corruption. In the first half of 2020, the investigation of 406 criminal proceedings was started, 125 persons were given notices of suspicion, and 33 cases as of 50 persons were sent to court. This was stated by Artem Sytnyk, the NABU Director and Nazar Kholodnitskiy, the SAPO Head at the press briefing “Presentation of the Report on the NABU and SAPO results during the first half of 2020” on August 17, 2020.
The NABU Detectives have started pre-trial investigations of 88 cases. 14 persons were given notices of suspicion of committing corruption crimes. Indictments as of 7 persons within 4 cases were sent to court. These are the results of the NABU activities as of July 2020.
On August 11, 2020, 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 notices of suspicion to five persons. They are suspected of embezzlement of natural gas of National Joint-Stock Company (NJSC) Naftogaz of Ukraine, which exceeds UAH 729.8 million.
On August 5, 2020, an indictment as of the facts of Odesa City Mayor submitting false data in e-declaration was sent to court. The abovementioned official is accused of committing a crime under Article 366-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine: the investigation revealed that Odesa City Mayor did not submit data in the declaration of 2017.