On January 9, 2018, according to the order of the prosecutor of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) provided the former Member of Parliament (also known as the Former Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex) and his defense with access to the documents of the pre-trial investigation of the criminal proceeding as of the facts of funds embezzlement of the State Enterprise (SE) Eastern Mining and Processing Plant (EMPP) and the SE «National Nuclear Energy Generating Company (NNEGC) «Energoatom».
On December 30, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) exposed and detained a Head of one of the research institutions and his accomplice. The abovementioned people were detained immediately after receiving 300 thousand USD improper advantage.
On December 12, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) conducted a number of searches. As a result, four persons, allegedly involved in 259.2 million UAH public funds embezzlement of the State Agency for Investment and Management of National Projects and the State Enterprise (SE) State Investment Company, were detained. Among the detainees there are the ex-deputy Head of the State Agency for Investment and Management of National Projects (also known as an adviser of the Director of the SE State Investment Company); a former employee of the State Agency for Investment and Management of National Projects; a former Director of the SE State Investment Company; a Head of a number of fictitious private enterprises.
During the first years of investigations Ukrainian newly created anti-corruption agencies have shown valuable results, however further effective work of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) is impossible without establishment of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Court. This issue was brought up and later on discussed by the NABU Director Artem Sytnyk and by the Head of the SAPO Nazar Kholodnitskiy at the meeting with the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Bridget A. Brink, which took place on December 8.
On December 6, 2017, some Members of Parliament (MPs) and politicians spread statements about the need to "establish parliamentary control" over the activities of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). As a mechanism of "control", the representatives of two fractions of ruling coalition proposed the Draft Law that eliminates the guarantees of the NABU independence completely. In particular, the Draft Law simplifies the procedure for dismissal of the NABU Director by establishing the procedure of passing a no-confidence motion against him by a simple majority of votes in the Parliament. Also the same mechanism is proposed for dismissal for the Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) who conducts procedural guidance over the NABU investigations.
The newly created anti-corruption agencies already have results in the sphere of exposing and combating corruption. Therefore, these agencies need support in order to further implement the anti-corruption reform in Ukraine. This was stated by the President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim at the meeting with the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine Artem Sytnyk at the Global Forum on Asset Recovery, which took place on December 4-6 in Washington, DC. During the meeting the parties discussed the pressure exerted on the NABU, the investigations which expose top-level corruption and the prospects of establishment of the Anti-Corruption Court in Ukraine.
On December 5, 2017, the Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Stoliarchuk gave notices of suspicion to two more employees of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). The earlier detained NABU undercover agent was given notice of suspicion on November 30. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (GPO) suspects the NABU employees of allegedly committing crimes under Article 369 (Offer, promise, or giving improper advantage to official) and Article 370 (Provocation of bribery) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The statements of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine about the alleged illegality of work of some units of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) do not reflect the reality and sometimes also belie the common sense. As Mr Lutsenko, judging by his statements, seems not to be fully aware of the basic legal principles of the operative search activities, we inform that all NABU’s operative and search activities are guided by the requirements of the Law "On the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine" and the Law "On Operative and Search Activities". According to Article 8 of the Law "On Operational and Search Activities", regular and freelance open and undercover employees can be involved in conducting operative and search activities.
On December 1, 2017, the representatives of the Lviv Territorial Office of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) visited the Regional Office of the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau of Poland (CBA) in Rzeszów for strengthening cooperation in the fight against corruption. Among other things, the ways of solving problems in investigations of cross-border corruption offences were discussed at the meeting.
In April 2017 the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) started an undercover operation to embed the special agent to an organized criminal group consisting of current and former officials of the State Migration Service of Ukraine (SMSU). According to the operational data, upon prior conspiracy, the officials of the SMSU demanded and received funds for providing to foreigners the citizenship of Ukraine, certificates for temporary residence in Ukraine, as well as for quickening the production of biometric passports for Ukrainian citizens.