The people’s Deputy from «Blok Petro Poroshenko» (BPP), former first Deputy Chairman of the Pro-presidential parliamentary faction and longstanding business partner of the incumbent Igor Kononenko arrived in the evening on Thursday, 11 February 2016 for questioning by the National anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), reports «Interfax-Ukraine».
Before questioning Kononenko told reporters that he was ready to cooperate with the investigation. «Ready to give any explanations and answer all the questions that occur to me. Ready to participate in all investigative actions, including confrontation and cross-examination,» he said.
«Invite your opponents to agree to the use of the polygraph in the investigation, it is my principled position,» he added.
Kononenko said that in writing agreed to check on the lie detector.
The MP said that after the official statements of the head of Minsterstvo economic development and trade (MEDT) of Ukraine of Aivaras of Abromavicius he was sent to the NEB an application to deal with the accusations. «I am grateful to the reaction of the anti-Corruption Bureau that such production began, and I take part in these actions», — said Kononenko.
Kononenko summoned for questioning as a witness.
Recall that on 3 February the Minister of economic development of Ukraine Abromavicius announced his decision to resign from the government of Arseniy Yatsenyuk. One of the main reasons he called the corruption pressure on the part of Ihor Kononenko, who, in his words, tried to take control of state-owned enterprises, providing over the heads of his proteges.
«The forces of evil want to rewind it all back… Let’s get rid of «looking» that milked the Ukrainian economy…» — said the Economics Minister.
In addition, Abromavicius accused at the time of the first Deputy of the faction Poroshenko in the fact that after he accepted proposals by Kononenko and refused the dubious decisions in favor of the MP, the Office of state protection (HUGO) has stopped to ensure his personal safety and the safety of his family members. HUGO confirms that he has ceased to protect the Minister 25-31 January, that is, when he has not left office.
Kononenko denies the accusations.
On the same day the NEB has registered criminal proceedings on the statement Abromavicius about the alleged involvement of Kononenko in corruption schemes.
Kononenko also wrote a letter to the NEB. He appealed to the Ministry with a request to provide him with the confrontation with Abromavicius.
8 February Abromavicius did not rule out that in this case soon there will be new figurants.
«We will continue to gather the facts. I think that will cause on interrogation of other any people,» he said.
Kononenko Igor graduated from Kiev automobile and road Institute (CADI), in which he served as Secretary of the Komsomol organization of the Institute. In 1988-1991 — member of the CPSU.
Engaged in automobile business.
2004 — 2009: Chairman of the Supervisory Board of JSC «Kiev motor transport enterprise-2240». Igor Kononenko that the company was headed by his father, Vitaly Grigoryevich.
2006-2014 — Deputy of the Kyiv city Council, where he was Deputy Chairman of the standing Committee on transport and communications. Was twice elected from the Bloc of Leonid Chernovetsky. During the repeated cadences Chernovetsky was the head of Deputy group «the Initiative».
According to open data, Kononenko is one of the leading business partners now President Petro Poroshenko. Kononenko belong 14,94% of the International investment Bank (IIB), where Poroshenko is 60%.
Igor Kononenko was the head of the electoral headquarters of the party «Block of Petro Poroshenko «Solidarity» in the local elections in 2015.
Ambiguous statements about Kononenko allow not only journalists, but also representatives of the authorities. In particular, the Deputy Prosecutor General Vitaliy KASKO believes Kononenko responsible for blocking the update process of local prosecutors, who, in turn, is going to sue KASKO.
The Chairman of the party «DILL» Gennady Korban claims that surrounded by Poroshenko, exactly Kononenko is responsible for his detention by special group SBU and further criminal prosecution.
In conflict relations with the newspaper are also the Chairman of the faction PPO Yuriy Lutsenko, who because of alleged pressure from his Deputy has twice announced his intention to resign from his post, and the former head of the SBU Valentyn Nalyvaychenkoreported the involvement of FBI investigators to investigate the role Kononenko of money laundering in the Latvian offshore.
Corruption in Konenenko also accused his colleagues in the faction — Viktor Chumak and Sergey Leshchenko. Because of disagreement with the actions of this newspaper and its unofficial «powers» from presidential administration Chumak came from the faction of the Poroshenko. He was joined Yegor Firsov.
Chumak Firsova and political scientists associated with the so-called «group Nalyvaychenko».
Kononenko agreed to lay down the mandate of the MP, but the faction refused him. Granted only his refusal to be the first Deputy Yury Lutsenko.
At the same time, Petro Poroshenko denies that Kononenko is his «financial Advisor» or, as it is called, «the purse» by the President.
Kononenko has come for questioning to the NAB and agreed to review it on a polygraph 11.02.2016