The eCase Management System, developed for the automation of the pre-trial investigation among detectives, prosecutors, and judges, has finally been launched. On Dec. 16, 2021, NABU Detectives and SAPO Prosecutors entered the first criminal proceeding in eCase MS. This marked a new milestone in the development of criminal justice in Ukraine and proved the inevitability of its digitalization.
The anti-corruption reform in Ukraine, launched in 2014 after the Revolution of Dignity, has proven that the victory over corruption is only possible with its effective prevention, fair punishment for crimes, political will and constant public control. This was emphasized by Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine Artem Sytnyk during the conference "7 Years of Anti-Corruption Reforms: Challenges and Results", which took place on Dec. 9, 2021 in Kyiv.
On Aug. 10, 2021, NABU and SAPO exposed a corruption scheme used by local officials to embezzle more than UAH 26,8 million from the city budget during the reconstruction of Soborna Square in Mykolaiv.
In the first six months of 2021, NABU and SAPO launched investigations into 336 criminal proceedings, served notices of suspicion to 42 persons, filed 25 indictments regarding 43 accused persons, and ensured compensation of more than UAH 1.1 billion. This was stressed by NABU Director Artem Sytnyk at the press conference on August 9, 2021.
On May 24, 2021, NABU and SAPO notified six National Bank officials of suspicion of abusing their office by granting a UAH 1.2 billion stabilization loan to PJSC "VAB Bank" (Part 2 Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). One more notice of suspicion (Article 191 of the CCU) was served to a representative of the appraiser company, which assisted the bank's beneficial owner in obtaining a stabilization loan. Thus, the total number of people involved in the scheme to misappropriate UAH 1.2 billion has reached 17 people.
On May 18, 2021, NABU and SAPO served notices of suspicion to three persons whose actions during the purchase of diesel fuel for Ukrzaliznytsia PJSC resulted in almost UAH 103 million losses to the company.
On April 1, 2021, SAPO Prosecutors and NABU Detectives referred an indictment in relation to the former Head of two private companies involved in a corruption scheme that helped embezzle public funds during the extraction and sale of natural gas under joint venture agreements with Ukrgazvydobuvannia PJSC. This is one of the several indictments already filed within the so-called "gas scheme" case.