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UPDATED: Petro Poroshenko's Associate Detained in Ukraine
17 October, 2019

UPDATE: Oleg Gladkovsky's lawyer Ruslan Volynets reported that Gladkovsky was released on bail of 10.6 million hryvnias ($426,000) on October 21 with an obligation to wear an electronic bracelet. The funds were allegedly raised by close relatives of the suspect. Gladkovsky himself refused to speak with journalists only saying that he would "defend [his] honor and dignity". Ukrainian News broadcasted the events at the pre-trial detention center in Kyiv.

Former Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleg Gladkovsky was detained in Ukraine. This was stated to Hromadske by NABU Director Artem Sytnyk. According to Sytnyk, Gladkovsky first tried to fly out of Ukraine but was stopped at the border control. He then drove to a restaurant where he was detained.

Gladkovsky is suspected of abuse of office (Part 2 of Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

In February 2019 the program "Nashi Groshi with Denys Bihus" has launched an investigation in which it was stated that Ihor Gladkovsky, the son of the deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleg Gladkovsky, was a participant of theft schemes in the defense industry of Ukraine. Oleg Gladkovsky, in turn, is a close friend of ex-President Petro Poroshenko. According to investigators, the management of the Ukroboronprom concern knew about fraudulent equipment and gave their consent to them.

According to journalists, Gladkovsky and his partners have earned at least 250 million hryvnias.

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Another investigation of the series reported a corruption scheme during the repair of the AN-26 military transport aircraft at the Ukroboronprom concern plant. State-owned Ukrspetsexport purchased spare parts from the Russian Federation at a price 7 times higher than the real price, and the scheme participants made $300,000. According to journalists, the deputy National Security and Defense Council secretary Oleg Gladkovsky and the head of Ukroboronprom Pavel Bukin were directly involved in the thefts.

On March 4, after an investigation and mass protests, Poroshenko fired Gladkovsky.

In July 2019, Gladkovsky re-headed the Bogdan Corporation, the president of which he served from its inception in 2005 until his appointment to the civil service.