SSU and National Police detain Ukrzaliznytsia official who extorted bribes from Kyiv entrepreneurs

In Kyiv, the SSU and the National Police, with the assistance of Ukrzaliznytsia management, uncovered the corrupt activities of the track service deputy head from a regional branch of the Ukrainian railways.

The official demanded a UAH 10 million bribe from the head of a Kyiv construction company.

For this amount, the official ‘guaranteed’ to transfer 6 hectares of land owned by the state enterprise to the contractor for a long-term lease.

He also promised a ‘fast-track’ procedure for concluding the agreements at the level of Ukrzaliznytsia and Kyiv City State Administration.

In case of refusal to pay the bribe, the official threatened to create artificial obstacles in the process of issuing technical passports and permits for land lease.

The law enforcement detained the suspect ‘red-handed’ when he handed over the first part of the bribe.

Based on the evidence, the detainee was served a notice of suspicion under Article 368.4 of the CCU (acceptance of an offer, promise or receipt of an unlawful benefit by an official).

The official is in custody and faces up to 12 years in prison with confiscation of property.

The operation was carried out jointly with the National Police under the supervision of the Prosecutor General’s Office.