The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Detectives and the Prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) investigate resonant corruption crimes committed by top-officials. The United States of America supports their efforts by understanding how difficult it is to work under conditions of possible pressure and criticism. This what the United States Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Kirsten D. Madison emphasized at the briefing on October 19, 2018.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) continues expand the range of strategic partners at the international level. The outcome of the fight against top-level corruption depends on a large extent on the effective interaction of the competent authorities of different countries. This was emphasized by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk at the international conference "Strengthening transparency and accountability to ensure integrity: united against corruption". The event was held on October 15-16, 2018, in the Republic of Croatia.
Adoption of amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine, envisaged by the draft law No. 8336, eliminates disadvantages of the so-called "Lozovyi's amendments" regarding the appointment of expert assessments in virtually all proceedings, except those investigated by the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). In addition, the proposed initiatives can threaten the independence of the NABU and complicate the investigation of top-corruption crimes.
On October 5, 2018, the indictment as of 8 persons (including Odesa City Mayor) was sent to Malynovsky District Court of Odesa. These persons are accused of embezzlement of 185 million UAH from Odesa Сity budget during purchasing of the buildings of the Open Joint Stock Company (OJSC) «Holding Company «Krayan».
The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) continue to expose corruption schemes without regard to their positions and political expediency, despite increasing attempts to influence the activities of the institution. This was emphasized by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk on October 3, 2018, at the meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Corruption Prevention and Counteraction.
The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) requested for international legal assistance more than 400 times. The received answers allowed revealing the final beneficiaries of companies involved in the Ukrainian corruption and tracking the flow of funds abroad. Support from foreign colleagues helps the NABU to eliminate corruption schemes. The Director of the Lviv Territorial Office of the NABU Taras Lopushanskiy emphasized this during the training for the NABU staff on September 24-27, 2018, in the Republic of Poland. The event was held with the support of the Anti-Corruption Network Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
"The National Bureau is at the forefront of the fight against corruption in Ukraine. The challenges you face make your job even more important. It's about building a new Ukraine — stable, effective and democratic", said the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during the meeting with the staff of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine on September 27, 2018.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to exchange information for the prevention, detection and fight against corruption. The relevant document was signed by the NABU Deputy Director Anatoly Novak and the EIB Inspector General Jan Willem van der Kaaij in Luxembourg on September 27, 2018.
September 25, 2018 – Artem Sytnyk, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine Director, met students of the College of Europe (Republic of Poland). Young people learned about the realization of anticorruption reform in Ukraine and the expectations of Ukrainian society after the Revolution of Dignity.
On September 25, 2018, 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) gave a notice of suspicion to the former officer of the Main Office of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) in the City of Kyiv and Kyivska Oblast of demanding 50 thousand USD improper advantage and abusing of influence.
September 23, 2018 – The first anti-corruption opinion festival DumkoFest.Anti-Сorruption took place in the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko Park. The festival is organized by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), with the organizational and financial support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Ukraine and the EU Anticorruption Initiative in Ukraine.