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.
The information that the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (further referred to as NABU) allegedly stopped “proactively investigating Manafort” on political grounds, published by BBC on May 23rd 2018, is not true.
As the result of the work of the joint investigative group of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Department of Special Investigations of the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine (GPO), a former Member of Parliament (MP) from the Party of Regions and an assistant of another MP from the Party of Regions were given notices of suspicion.
In response to numerous requests from mass media with regards to reports that Paul Manafort`s Consulting firm had received 17 million USD from the Party of Regions in 2012-2014, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor`s Office (SAPO) inform on the following. The name of Paul Manafort was mentioned in 22 items in the period from November 20, 2007, to October 5, 2012, in the documents that were passed to the NABU by the Former First Deputy of the State Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Trepak in May 2016. According to the lists, a total sum of the money received amounts to 12.7 million USD.
Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) will continue the pre-trial investigation of the so-called “black ledger” of the Party of Regions case as a part of a joint investigative group with the Department of Special Investigations of the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine (GPO) headed by Serhii Gorbatiuk.
According to the results of graphological examination the signatures of the Chairman of the Central Election Commission of Ukraine (CEC) in the so-called “black ledger” of the Party of Regions are authentic. The graphological examination was carried out by the experts of the Kharkiv Research Institute of Forensic Examinations n.a. Bokarius and the State Scientific Research Forensic Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
In response to numerous requests from mass media regarding appearance of the name of Paul Manafort on the Party of Regions ‘black ledger’ (documents passed to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau by the Ex-first-deputy of the State Security Service of Ukraine Victor Trepak), the National Anti-Corruption Bureau informs on the following.