Corruption probe in defense sector: Preventive measure to be chosen for two suspects

16:20, 06 March 2019
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The suspects are the incumbent and former directors of state enterprise SpetsTechnoExport, which is part of state-run Ukroboronprom Concern, Ukrainian TSN news service reports.

As UNIAN reported earlier, agents of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) on March 4 detained the incumbent and former directors of state enterprise SpetsTechnoExport, which is part of state-run Ukroboronprom Concern.

Also detained were three more former officials of SpetsTechnoExport, NABU said.

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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 scheme 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. Journalists claim Oleh Hladkovsky is 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.

On March 4, the president signed a decree to dismiss Hladkovsky from the post of First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council.

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