The national anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine is investigating the machinations of the contracts of the state concern «Ukroboronprom», the journalist writes Askold krushelnitsky in an article for Foreign Policy.
In a report to the NEB for 2017 stated that «Ukroboronprom» has been manipulated with a contract for $39 million for the supply of spare parts for Antonov aircraft AN-32 of the Ministry of defense of Iraq.
The paper deals with the investigation NABS two officials «UkrSpetsExport», the group units, which deals with arms exports, as well as citizen of India who lives in Kiev and has reportedly moved about $6 million to the Bank account of Paramount General Trading in UAE.
Company from UAE were required to provide parts for the aircraft, but, according to the investigation, did not do this, although spare parts were provided from existing stocks of «Ukroboronprom».
NABU believe that the Bank accounts were used by the officials of «UkrSpetsExport» for carrying out acts of corruption involving funds of criminal origin.
The NAB report also shows that the money Paramount General Trading were transferred to other companies and a number of Bank accounts. $140 thousand was transferred to the Bank account Wells Fargo, owned by Aragon International Petroleum, the ultimate parent of which is the daughter of one of the leaders of the «UkrSpetsExport». It also pass $140 thousand to another Bank account ABN AMRO in the Netherlands.
NABS suspects that the money was transferred in and the other the daughter of the head of «Ukrspetseksport», which is a U.S. citizen.
Press Secretary of «Ukroboronprom» emphasized the newspaper that many of the allegations of corruption are part of the propaganda in the framework of Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine. «Police and prosecutors investigated a contract to supply spare parts to Iraq, but companies and officials found no violations,» she said. The representative of the presidential Administration of Ukraine told the newspaper that «most of these charges are false».
«Ukroboronprom» brings together more than 100 companies in five key sectors of the defense industry. The company has more than 10 design bureaus involved in the development of weapons and equipment, design and research.
In 2017 «Ukroboronprom» took 62 th place in the ranking of world arms manufacturers under the version of the specialized publication DefenseNews. In 2016, the annual income of the group amounted to us $1,075 billion, and in 2015 – $920 million
The NAB investigates corruption in the «Ukroboronprom» – media 26.12.2017