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) completed a pre-trial investigation as of the facts of an attempt to seize by deception (fraud) USD 300 thousand by group of persons. Among the suspects, there are the Head of one of the Main Departments of the Presidential Office, the Ex-Deputy Minister of Culture of Ukraine (2011) and a person who pretended to be an adviser to the Head of the Presidential Office was involved in committing a crime.
On July 2, 2020, the abovementioned persons and their defenses had been granted with access to the materials of the investigation. The NABU Detectives documented a fact of extorting a bribe of USD 300 thousand from a person. In exchange for an improper advantage, the officials promised their assistance in the appointment to management position in NJSC “Naftogaz of Ukraine”.
The NABU Detectives had exposed the participants of crime after receiving the first tranche of USD 150 thousand of improper advantage. On November 13, 2019, they were given notices of suspicion. The actions of all suspects are qualified under Part 2 Article 15, Part 4 Article 190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine a person is considered not-guilty in commission of crime and cannot be a subject to criminal punishment, until he or she is found guilty by the court.