Switzerland Helps Ukraine to Implicate High-Profile MP in Corruption
22 August, 2017

The National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine received documents from Switzerland, which are proof for the case against the former Ukrainian MP Mykola Martynenko, who is being suspected of financial misconduct.

According to the Ukrainian new website, Insider, this was reported by the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, Artem Sytnyk.

“This case is actually a record holder in the amount of international legal orders and the materials received from Switzerland have really helped us. And when we got them, we realized why Martynenko’s defense was trying so hard to challenge the decision of the Swiss authorities to transfer materials to Ukraine,” Sytnyk said.

Artem Sytnyk, Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. Photo credit: HROMADSKE

According to him, the deputy's representatives used all possible means to postpone the transfer of the materials.

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The Swiss prosecutor’s office is suspecting Martynenko of receiving bribes from the supplier of equipment for nuclear power plants and from Czech company Škoda JS, for a contract with a Ukrainian state-owned company “Energoatom."

A Martynenko-affiliated Panama company complained about the transfer of information about Martynenko’s Swiss accounts, but the Swiss court rejected the lawsuit in Martynenko’s case against the transfer of information to the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine.

Mykola Martynenko, Ukrainian MP who is being suspected of financial misconduct. Photo credit: HROMADSKE

Martynenko is one of the closest associates of the former Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. He also acted as Chairman of the Ukrainian parliament's Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety.

The case against Martynenko is the second biggest corruption case in Ukraine, after the case of State Fiscal Service Chief Roman Nasirov, who was arrested over the alleged embezzlement of approximately $75 million.

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