Ukrzaliznytsia officials accused of abuse worth $10 mln

12:24, 16 August 2017
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Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) have served charge papers on former deputy head of PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways), the directors of one of the departments of Ukrzaliznytsia, as well as deputy director of one of the company's branches, the press service of the NABU has reported.

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Officials are suspected of committing a crime under Part 2 Article 28, Part 2 Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (abuse of power or official position). The officials are suspected of abuse of official position committed by a group of persons, resulting in the State Administration of Railway Transport of Ukraine suffered losses amounting to $10.2 million, reads the report.

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That is, the officials determined that the tariffs would have been preferential if the carriers had performed guaranteed traffic volumes. The carriers had not fulfilled the condition, but the preferential tariff rate was granted.

The issue of a preventive measure against the suspects is being solved.

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