#Commentary of Elena Melnik on media withdrawing taboo from Poroshenko as corrupt official
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine became interested in the corruption scheme for the purchase of armoured cars by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine from the plant “Kuznaya at Rybalskoye”, more than 80% of shares of which is owned by the “Prime Essential Capital” Fund of the President of Ukraine.
The criminal case on the purchase of military equipment at inflated prices is still at the initial stage. The court’s decision provides for temporary access to the documents of the plant for specialists of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau. According to preliminary estimates, the cost of one unit of “Triton” is 4.75 million hryvnia, but virtually every armoured vehicle was purchased for 14.876 million hryvnia.
You do not need to be an expert in the field of finance to understand that Poroshenko, be means of the military conflict in the Donbass, has sufficiently increased his capital, it comes as no surprise that, according to Forbes, he tops the rating of the wealthiest officials, leaving the rest far behind him. A huge jump of the military budget from 27 billion to 64.7 billion hryvnia is due not to the country’s defensive interests but the appetites of those who are directly involved in the development of these funds.
It is not for nothing that 45% of state purchases in the Defense Ministry are classified. They are not controlled by the relevant authorities, as Ukrainian Internet publications openly report, although with reference to their colleagues abroad. German media Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung bluntly wrote that none other than Poroshenko plays the main role in corruption activities in the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
Taboo on the charge of involvement in the appropriation of budgetary funds in a particularly large amount was lifted from the President of Ukraine. Let’s see how this will affect the shakiness of his chair.
Elena Melnik, the DPR People’s Council deputy