Corruption in the defense industry: “rewarding not privy, punishment of the innocent”

The number of corruption scandals in the Ukrainian defense industry has exceeded all reasonable limits.

Коррупция в оборонке: «награждение непричастных, наказание невиновных»

Industry, which a priori should be under special control of the state, gave rise to these corrupt monsters.

Arms deal between Kiev and Baghdad in 2009 became the largest in the history of Ukrainian independence. Under the contract, Ukraine is obliged to fix for the middle Eastern country the helicopter MI-8T in the amount of $ 3.6 million, to supply six an-32B 99 million dollars and 420 units of wheeled armored personnel carriers BTR-4 and vehicles on its base for at the rate of 457.5 million dollars.

Kiev had hoped to capitalize on the supply to Iraq of weapons of 2.5 billion dollars, however, the contract ended in complete failure. Ukrainian producers broke the terms of supply, completed less than half of the order, and the police continue to investigate the circumstances of the involvement of the arms deal.

In 2014 Viktor Yanukovych fled the country, but corruption in the defense industry anywhere was not going to run. When President Poroshenko scandalous happened around the contract for equipping the Ukrainian army with new communications from the Turkish manufacturer Aselsan. As is known, the choice of the company to upgrade the APU with modern means was long and scandalous. Repeatedly in mass media there were messages on possible lobbying Aselsan former head of the parliamentary Committee on national security and defence Sergey Pashinsky. The media noted that Ukraine can buy Turkish equipment at inflated prices, comparable prices of the market leaders. It was about the contract for $ 350 million., of which 30%, which is more than 100 million. could settle in the pockets of Ukrainian officials.

Later, RBC-Ukraine published a memo from the Central armored Directorate of the Mat to the head of the signal corps, in which it was alleged that Turkish products simply can not be installed in the main types of Ukrainian tanks, as “…means of communication Aselsan has led to the emergence of a number of problematic issues which make it impossible to use samples as intended and significantly reduce the combat readiness of the units”.

Many newly established anti-corruption bodies were powerless. And off we went. The final story can be considered a corruption scandal in the “Ukroboronprom”, called “Svinarchuk gate”.

Surprisingly, with the obvious corruption sakkarah in the defense industry anti-corruption bodies are punched out of the case against unblemished in the scandals of top managers of the industry. NABOO, which is fronting a corruption in the defense industry for several years, launched a vigorous activity, in fact covering the real corrupt, incriminating them minor offences.

Talking about the state enterprise “Spetstechnoexport”, which is part of “Ukroboronprom”. On hearing the story, when the detective NABS Litvinenko in literally almost tore the contract for $ 400 million. with the defence Ministry of India for supply of spare parts for repair of military transport aircraft.

An unbiased view of what is happening demonstrates the attempt to shift the responsibility for the management of “Spetstechnoexport”, in particular, the head of the company Paul Barbula, the competence of which was solely the supply of Ukrainian military products for export. While public money the company did not have any access, but rather to raise revenues from this contract in the country. So, investigating about the corruption of Paul Barbula, seeing abuse in that, in accordance with an officially signed contract have been paid Agency payments to persons who lobbied for the contract in India. In the result, the amount was increased to $ 47 million. By the way, the current head of “Ukroboronprom” aivaras Abromavicius described the situation with the Agency for payments to intermediaries: “the World arms market because, in many cases, there are intermediaries. If we are an active part of this global market, we must act according to the generally accepted rules”. The result of Paul Barbula headed “Spetstechnoexport” – $ 500 million. the country’s budget, as well as the first contract for the supply of arms into the country to NATO standards.

The bottom line is the so-called case of “Spetstechnoexport” is a litmus test, like anti-corruption bodies and judiciary of the country. How here not to remember the promises of President Vladimir Zelensky, the chief of his Office A. Bogdan and attorney General V. Ryaboshapka not to put a brake on corruption cases in the defense industry? So the fight against corruption for them is a matter of honor?
Dmitry Marunich

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