The National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) have completed a pre-trial investigation into a corruption scheme resulting in UAH 103 million losses to the company during the purchase of diesel fuel for Ukrzaliznytsia PJSC. On July 14, 2021, the case materials were disclosed to three suspects:
In June 2021, the NABU Detectives launched probes within 49 criminal cases, served six notices of suspicion, and filed five indictments against six people. One conviction in respect of three persons came into force.
Last month the Detectives exposed:
Former Prosecutor of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine Oleksandr Matiushko, sentenced by the High Anti-corruption Court to two years in prison for a proposal of USD 10 thousand for a post in NABU, has been detained today by Detectives. He has been taken to a pre-trial detention center pending his transfer to a penal colony. As previously reported, the ex-prosecutor was declared wanted as he evaded serving his sentence after the HAAC verdict came into force in early February 2021.
The results of high-level corruption probes, as well as the prosecution of those previously considered "untouchable" in Ukraine, have provoked strong resistance from the system and an attack on the independence of anti-corruption agencies. This was emphasized by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk at the meeting with representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on July 7, 2021.
50 law students from all over Ukraine will soon join the NABU Anti-Corruption School 2021. Applications will be accepted until July 16, 2021.
On July 2, 2021, NABU and SAPO filed an indictment against the former First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, former Deputy Minister of Defense and Acting Director of the Department of the Ministry of Defense to court. They are charged with the embezzlement of UAH 17.44 million with their actions falling under Part 2, Art. 364 of the Criminal code of Ukraine.
On June 30, 2021, NABU and SAPO referred an indictment against the former First Deputy Head of the State Migration Service of Ukraine to court. The actions of the accused fall under Part 4 of Art. 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The ex-official is charged with committing a criminal offense in 2017 that was recorded after NABU's undercover operation intended to reveal corruption in the migration sphere.
The National Bureau scrupulously checks all the reports of crimes, including information on how and under what circumstances a person became aware of a possible offense. This was emphasized by NABU Detective Oleksandr Abakumov on June 24, 2021 at the International Conference "Whistleblowers in Ukraine: Success and Challenges".
On June 16, 2021, the Northern Commercial Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the first instance court, which invalidated the results of the auction for the sale of the assets of National Cinematheque of Ukraine SE (Natskinemateka). As a result, 14 buildings and facilities with total area of over 5 thousand sq.m. located across 8 hectares on the outskirts of Kyiv are to be returned to the State.
On June 15, 2021, NABU and SAPO filed an indictment regarding former Head of the Vinnytsia Oblast Road Service, who offered UAH 4.7 million of improper advantage to the Head of the Regional State Administration for amending the local budget expenditures. The actions of the accused fall under Part 3 Art. 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.