Former People’s Deputy Serhii Pashinskyi, who was searched todayand his business partner were charged with misappropriating oil products and causing almost UAH 1 billion in losses to the state
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By information The Security Service of Ukraine, the former deputy of the People’s Republic of Ukraine and his accomplices are suspected of misappropriating and selling 97,000 tons of oil products confiscated by the state, which were supposed to be used for the needs of the army.
“Thanks to the specialists of the State Audit Service of Ukraine, it was established that as a result of these procedures, which were carried out in 2014-2017, the state budget was damaged by almost 1 billion hryvnias. The suspicion was announced under Articles 191 and 255 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine”says the message.
The special service recalled that in 2014, the state confiscated almost 100,000 tons of oil products from the structures of Serhiy Kurchenko (an oligarch from the Yanukovych era), who fled from Ukraine to Russia.
The investigation established that with the help of the political lobby of the former People’s Deputy, these oil products were transferred for sale to a specialized state enterprise in order to fill the state budget. At that time, this state-owned enterprise was headed by managers who were under the control of the former deputy’s business partner.
At the direction of the parties involved in the case, the officials of this state-owned enterprise facilitated the sale of almost 100,000 tons of oil products at significantly reduced prices to a group of companies owned by a business partner of the ex-deputy.
According to the investigation, these petroleum products were then sold at gas stations of this group of companies and at other network gas stations, and the received income was concentrated among the beneficiaries of the scheme.
“To create the appearance that the seized petroleum products were transferred for the needs of the Ministry of Defense, the state-owned enterprise made relevant deliveries on a commercial basis, for which the Ministry of Defense paid in full. But MOU received only 1.6% of the so-called “Kurchenko oil products”. All the rest were petroleum products purchased from the same group of companies, which, in turn, purchased them in the Russian Federation and Belarus. At the same time, the participants sold the same range of goods to their group of companies at a price twice as cheap as to the Armed Forces.” — noted in the SBU.
According to the investigation, the former People’s Deputy provided political cover for these devices using his influence and administrative resources in relation to state enterprises, judicial and law enforcement agencies, which were involved in the confiscation of these oil products.
In 2020, the court passed a decision on the special confiscation in favor of the state of the above-mentioned oil products and the funds received from their sale. However, according to the investigation, the entire volume of oil products and all the funds obtained from their sale had already been appropriated by the members of the criminal organization, and the state budget suffered losses in the amount of at least UAH 967 million.
“The pre-trial investigation is ongoing. The perpetrators face up to 12 years in prison.”— added the special service.
Serhiy Pashynskyi himself believes that resuscitation of the “Kurchenko case” is this an attempt to block its activities in many defense programs.
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