Poroshenko dismisses senior NSDC official amid probe into corruption in defense procurement
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree to dismiss First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleh Hladkovsky.
"This morning, before flying to Mykolayiv, I signed a decree to dismiss Oleh Hladkovsky from the post of First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine," Poroshenko said at a meeting of the Regional Development Council of Mykolayiv region, an UNIAN correspondent reports.
According to the president, Hladkovsky was also removed from the post of chairman of the interdepartmental commission of military-technical cooperation and export control.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian investigative journalists on February 25 released a report claiming that Ihor Hladkovsky, the son of First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleh Hladkovsky, is involved in large-scale embezzlement of budget funds in the defense sector.
It is alleged that Hladkovsky Jr. and his partners conspired with defense officials to procure military spare parts from Russian smugglers, as well as from Ukrainian Army warehouses. Prices for spare parts, which journalists say often failed to meet quality standards, were hiked significantly. Then, the journalists reported, the perpetrators would sell these goods to defense plants in conspiracy with top managers of Ukroboronprom, Ukraine's state-owned Defense Concern.
The group allegedly earned from Ukroboronprom at least UAH 250 million in kickbacks.
The journalists consider Oleh Hladkovsky to be Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's ally set to informally "supervise" the country's defense industry.
On February 26, Poroshenko suspended Oleh Hladkovsky from office, pending a criminal investigation.