Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) is engaged in investigating more than 100 criminal cases connected with corruption involving State and utility companies.
According to NABU’s data, the majority of corruption schemes are connected with plunder, the purchase of goods and services at inflated prices, and the delivery of production through intermediaries at below-market prices.
“In the sight of NABU are about 50 State enterprises, the majority of which according to the size of their assets enter the top 100 of the State companies according to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine. According to preliminary estimates, the total losses caused to these enterprises as a result of criminal corruption offenses exceeds 20 billion hryvnia ($780.42 million),” it is said in the statement on the website of the department.
Also it is emphasized that among more than 200 suspects of corruption, every sixth person holds a position of director.
According to the investigators, this is connected with the fact that in Ukraine the heads of States enterprises must be appointed according to the results of open competitions, but often “the competition isn’t announced for some reason” and the managerial position to given to a “so-called acting person, who doesn’t interfere in the existence of corruption schemes”. NABU specified that as of June 30th, 2017, 32 cases were sent to court with total damages being 2.4 billion hryvnia ($93.6 million).
“NABU has an opportunity to interfere in corruption streams, it gradually will become the key ‘power’ operator that Deputies, officials, the President, and oligarchs will be forced to reckon with. As NABU is today steered by the US Ambassador, it is possible to draw a conclusion that a ‘rubber baton’ is now in their hands,” said the Deputy of the last legitimate Verkhovna Rada, the head of the Parliament of Novorossiya Oleg Tsarev especially for “Russian Spring”.
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