The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine’s work is worth of praise. It has destroyed a complicated corruption scheme involving the Ukrhazvydobuvannia, a gas-extracting and selling company, moving the company in the black for the first time in 15 years, Vitali Shabunin, the head of the influential Center for Countering Corruption NGO.
Another feather in NACB’s hat is the now-unfolding case against Mykola Martynenko, a heavyweight politician and tycoon with close ties to Pres Poroshenko and ex-Premier Arseny Yatseniuk.
Dealing with high-level graft, NACB has only 700 staff, including 250 detectives, nothing to compare with the strength of the General Prosecutor’s Office numbering 13,000, Shabunin said.
Currently, NACB detectives are investigating cases of corruption amounting to UAH40 bn ($1.5 bn), he said.