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SBU blocks 497 manifestations of corruption among officials in 2019

SBU in 2019 blocked 497 manifestations of corruption among officials of different levels: from municipal and power authorities to law-enforcement and military agencies. The total amount of improper advantage, demanded by corrupt officials comprises over UAH 65 million and detected losses of the state and local communities - more than UAH 1 billion 400 million.

SBU Directorate on combating corruption and organized crime reported about these and other results for 2019 on January 13, in the day of their professional holiday. For example, SBU officers exposed on corruption a number of senior government officials. So, Deputy Head of State Archive Service of Ukraine extorted bribe for employment.

Head of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry demanded from his subordinate money for hiding information on detected violations during e-declaration.

Deputy Head of State Water Resources Agency of Ukraine was exposed on corruption abuse. Without money reward official refused to approve technical documentation and conclude contract with business entity for melioration of Bucha reservoir.

Deputy head of Territorial Administration of the State Judicial Administration of Poltava region extorted nearly UAH 250 thousand of improper advantage. That’s how much costed his signature in acts of acceptance on repair of courtrooms.

Together with colleagues from other law-enforcement agencies and foreign partners, officers of a Service conducted a special operation on combating international group of smugglers of cigarettes. Record for our country consignment of counterfeit amounting to UAH 120 million was seized. A practice of such level international cooperation was the first for both Ukraine and the European Union.

This year SBU prevented 94 facts of smuggling of drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors.

Among the striking examples - the neutralization of “Khimprom” transnational drug syndicate.

SBU blocked cocaine smuggling channel from South America in spring. Then in a container with bananas law-enforcement officers found nearly 260 kilograms of hard drugs worth over USD 51 million.

The Service also blocked the smuggling of heroin to the EU amounting to EUR 10 million.

Within the framework of combating drug trafficking SBU uncovered methadone lab in Poltava region and seized its biggest consignment.

Combating organized crime is an important direction of the Service activity. During 2019 530 cases were initiated under this qualification, 738 persons were served suspicion notes.

More information on the operation of the SBU Directorate on combating corruption and organized crime is placed in the section “Combating corruption and organized crime."

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Zhydkov Dmytro Mykhailovych
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Shevchenko Daniil Borysovych
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Yatsenko Viktor Viacheslavovych
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