NABU detains CEO, deputy chief of Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) on Friday, July 14, detained the director of the Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory, Roman Tymkiv, and his deputy, Oleh Tkachenko, according to TSN news service.
A local TV channel captured on video the moment Mr Tymkiv was escorted by anti-graft operatives from the company premises, TSN reports, adding that he had been taken to NABU’s local office.
According to the report by Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, individual officials of the armed forces of Ukraine have conspired with the management of state-owned Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory, a founder of an LLC, with the participation of firms with signs of fictitiousness, to develop and implement a corruption scheme for the purchase of spare parts and components for armored vehicles and other hardware, having embezzled UAH 2.5 million worth of budgetary funds in 2015.
SAPU says the scheme involved procurement of used engines for T-72 tanks instead of the announced new ones. In addition, these used, and sometimes non-working engines, in 2008-2009 were already sold to enterprises in the domestic market as surplus property of the Ministry of Defense. In addition, the release of this engine model has been discontinued since the 1990s, as the initiators of the scheme were well aware of.
Incidentally, President Petro Poroshenko’s schedule for today includes a visit to the Factory, which has not yet been canceled.
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