LATEST NEWS IN THE CASE:
The “Anti-Corruption Action Centre” challenges the procurement of backpacks by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Subordinates of Arsen Avakov purchased 6,000 backpacks for ATO soldiers from a company linked to the son of the Minister of Internal Affairs. Moreover, the figures show that the MIA significantly overpaid.
So we appealed to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the State Financial Inspection (SFI) with an application of the crime. We look forward to an objective and comprehensive investigation.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Ltd. “Dniprovend” was selected as the tender winner and signed an agreement in the amount of 14.5 mln UAH. The funds were transferred in full, through four tranches under the supply agreement from 25.02.15 and on the supplementary agreement from 04.30.15, but information on changes to the contract in the public procurement records aren’t there. So, it is a mystery as to why the changes happened to the supply agreement.
Herewith, “Radio Liberty” journalists discovered that Ltd. “Dniprovend” is a fictitious company as supported by material evidence in the State Register of court decisions. In particular, the Main Investigative Department of the MIA, in 2014 investigated criminal proceedings, which featured Ltd. “Dniprovend”. The case concerned the creation of companies that have been used for the purpose of covering illegal activities that caused massive material damages to the state, namely conversion centers.
In addition, in this YouTube video, the need of purchasing backpacks for the MIA was discussed between people, one that looks like the son of the Minister of Internal Affairs, Oleksandr Avakov and one that looks like the former deputy of the MIA, Serhiy Chebotar. The video shows a person in Chebotar’s office, spitting on the law by agreeing on the delivery of the backpacks, the quantity, the value of the goods and so on.
In the article published by Dmytro Hnap on “Ukrainian Truth”, it states that the telephone number of Ltd. “Dniprovend”, as shown on the Public Procurement Bulletin, is owned by Kharkiv resident Volodymyr Lytvyn (born on 30.05.1987), who also heads Kharkiv IT company “Turboseo” and operates a Kharkiv clothing company. This is the same phone number attached to Lytvyn’s Facebook page and not only is the son of Internal Affairs Minister Avakov among his friends, but also the head of the MIA.
“Our Money” also proved that the MIA significantly overpaid for the backpacks. The tender price of one bag was 2,900 UAH. It is known that the Ministry of Defense bought backpacks for at least one thousand UAH cheaper. Besides, given the requirements set by the MIA, on the free market backpacks sell for 2386 UAH (ATO soldiers are offered a discount of up to 300 UAH).
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE CASE:
Given the above facts, the Centre Team:
- Appealed with a letter to the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, Sytnyk A.S. In a letter dated 18.03.16, NABU reported that the detectives of the bureau carried out preliminary investigations of criminal proceeding case #52016000000000074 on the grounds of criminal offenses provided for in part 5. Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine surrounding the purchase of backpacks by the MIA of Ukraine.
- Appealed to the Head of the State Audit Service of Ukraine, Havrylova L.V. In a letter dated 21.03.16, the State Financial Inspection (SFI) reported that it appealed to the MIA for explanations and copies of documents surrounding the procurement. In a letter dated 11.04.16 the SFI reported that the client can not provide the documents because the originals were seized by investigators of the Main Military Prosecutor of the GPU within the bounds of the criminal proceedings.