The national anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine took the Minister of internal Affairs Arsen Avakov. On the eve of NABOO with the help of Solomenskiy district court received permission to access information about telephone negotiations of the head of the interior Ministry Arsen Avakov in 2014 and 2015.
Phone calls and SMS-correspondence of the interior Minister needs to shed light on his involvement in the situation with the “gold backpacks”. Recall that in late 2015 the scandal with the supply of backpacks for national guard. To supply the national guard was the selected firm, affiliated with the son of Arsen Avakov, Alexander. Moreover, the firm was selected to bypass the competition helped former Deputy Avakov Chebotar Sergei. As proof of collusion the public then showed a video in which it is recorded as the offspring of Avakov agreed with Chebotar on delivery of 6 thousand backpacks of certain firms at the expense of budgetary funds. Each backpack cost the Treasury 3 thousand hryvnias (this, by the way, the average salary in Ukraine). Moreover, on receiving advance payment, the firm failed to supply a certain number of backpacks. In this operation Avakov-son and Deputy Cebotari “earned” not less than 14.5 million. Before the involvement of the Arsen Avakov to this fraud was recognized only indirectly. But now NABOO is going to check the head of the interior Ministry in more detail. As stated in the decision of Solomensky court, “there are grounds to believe that the purchase of the specified product was carried out at inflated prices, and the goods were delivered in full. Thus, on the pre-trial investigation there is a reasonable suspicion that officials of the Ministry of interior in collusion with officials of Depraved” signed fictitious agreements for the purpose of assignment of public funds in especially large sizes and their further legalization.”
Is it by chance just now, almost after a year since the beginning of the scandal, anti-corruption Bureau took up the Minister? As recently as last week, the Ukrainian media published a “conspiracy theory” according to which the partners of ex-Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk “popular front” — the head of Ministry of internal Affairs Avakov, the head of the security Council Turchinov, the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andrew Parubiy — with the help of the volunteer battalions are preparing to displace Petro Poroshenko. They allegedly sickened by the President on the course of implementation of the Minsk agreements. According to the “hawks” of the “popular front”, Ukraine now needs only a war to the bitter end. The fate of Poroshenko would be unfortunate, because at the disposal of the trio has proven fighters volunteer battalions. But Poroshenko appeared his “faithful dogs” — special forces of NABOO had already manifested itself during a fight with employees of the Prosecutor General and during the storming of the state border service. Did the boys although not very professional, but crazy. Does this mean that Poroshenko finally decided to “knock the chair from under the supporters of Arseniy Yatsenyuk or until just scares?
The situation “MK” commented Ukrainian political analyst, Director of the Institute of global strategies Vadim KARASEV:
— The connection with the standoff between President Poroshenko and “popular front” in the events certainly are. I think in the last action of NABOO is the fraction of the conscious intention to limit the political and media activity Avakov and Ministry of internal Affairs. While the scandal with backpacks for the son of a Minister Avakov very nervously reacted to this, knowing that in any case is a blow to his personal political reputation. NABOO can now deliberately work against Avakov, the Ukrainian politics influential figure. He is one of the leading Ministers in the current government, essentially a political heavyweight. Moreover, the informal leader of the volunteer movement in Ukraine: many of the battalion commanders, like those who are in the Parliament today, and those around you who are guided by Avakov. It is not excluded, and direct financing business, which are included in the orbit of the Minister of internal Affairs. So, of course, the case would have political resonance. Although this is insufficient reason to send the interior Minister to resign, but to shake the chair under Avakov, of course, will be. This is not the last attempt. Please note: two weeks ago it was reported that Avakov resigns. It was an obvious information provocation, the Minister denied it. And now came this business. This is an attempt to probe the strength of the Minister of internal Affairs.
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