The Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) completed the pre-trial investigation as of the facts of embezzlement of natural gas of National Joint-Stock Company (NJSC) Naftogaz of Ukraine, which exceeds UAH 729.8 million. On October 7, 2020, five suspects and the defense had been granted with access to criminal proceeding for review.
The work of anti-corruption agencies interferes with a corrupt system. The representatives of the system notice that the real results in fighting against top corruption and cannot accept the fact that they will have to take responsibility for their actions. This was stated by the participants of the public discussion ‘Who is interfered with independent anti-corruption agencies?’ The event was held on September 23, 2020, by the Civil Oversight Council at NABU.
On September 22, 2020, the official of the Kharkiv District Administrative Court, exposed on the giving an improper advantage, received a notice of suspicion of committing a crime under Part 3 of Article 369 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (“Proposal, promise or provision of improper advantage to an official”).
On September 18, 2020, 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 Head of one of the units of the Logistics Department of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine of abuse of office, which caused almost UAH 1.8 mln damages to the State. His actions are qualified under Part 2 Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Within the investigation of a corruption scheme of receiving an improper advantage for the abuse of office by the Member of Parliament (MP), NABU and SAPO sent a draft notice of suspicion as of the acting MP to the Prosecutor General. However, as of September 15, 2020, the letters remained unanswered, which makes it impossible to bring to justice all the participants in the crime.
It should have been a good case. Evidence of a crime, billions of dollars in public losses and an oligarch-owned corporation allegedly controlling state bodies like marionettes. But for all of the new government’s reformist posturing, it refuses to cut the strings,- more about the case in the article KyivPost.
NABU and SAPO exposed a corruption scheme of illegal disposal of the property of the “Boryspil International Airport” State Enterprise (hereinafter — Boryspil International Airport), which resulted in causing more than UAH 16.5 million losses to the State Enterprise. On September 7, 2020, the former SE Head and the Head of the Lease Relations Service were given notices of suspicion. The actions of the suspects are qualified under Part 2 Article 364 ("Abuse of authority or office").
The economic impact from the NABU and SAPO activities includes the funds returned to the State Enterprises voluntarily and by court decisions, funds confiscated from suspects who violated the bail obligations, and illegal cash compensation payments returned by the ex-Members of Parliament of Ukraine.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the NABU Detectives and the SAPO Prosecutors have not slowed down in the fight against corruption. In the first half of 2020, the investigation of 406 criminal proceedings was started, 125 persons were given notices of suspicion, and 33 cases as of 50 persons were sent to court. This was stated by Artem Sytnyk, the NABU Director and Nazar Kholodnitskiy, the SAPO Head at the press briefing “Presentation of the Report on the NABU and SAPO results during the first half of 2020” on August 17, 2020.
On August 4, 2020, the indictment as of the ex-Deputy General Director of the private company and Director of Eco-Service Trading House LLC was sent to court. Abovementioned persons are accused of committing a crime under Part 5 Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.