Ukraine: Ukraine’s anti-corruption drive nets two more ‘big fish’

Author(s): Daniel McLaughlin | Date: April 21, 2017 | Language: English
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Ukrainian anti-corruption investigators have detained an influential former member of parliament and a senior energy executive, as Kiev’s authorities come under domestic and western pressure to crack down on top-level graft.
Agents from Ukraine’s national anti-corruption bureau (Nabu) detained Mykola Martynenko, a close ally of ex-prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, on Thursday night for allegedly embezzling $17.3 million (€16.2 million) through a crooked deal to sell uranium at inflated prices to a state-run enrichment plant.
As part of the same case, Nabu agents on Friday detained Sergiy Pereloma, the first deputy chairman of Ukraine’s state gas company, Naftogaz. Lawyers for both the accused denied their involvement in any wrongdoing.