Vasyl Malyuk and Oleksandr Yakushev, two deputies of the head of the Security Service of Ukraine, have not submitted electronic declarations, although they are obliged to do so after amendments to the law. Malyuk holds the position of the head of the Main Department for Fighting Corruption and Organized Crime of the Security Service of Ukraine (Department “K”).
All officials authorized to perform public functions were obliged to submit electronic declaration of property in 2019 until June 1. For the first time such duty extends to heads of the SBU, who have been avoiding it during 3 years. In particular, the declaration was submitted by the head of the Service Ivan Bakanov at the end of May.
But Malyuk and Yakushev, two current deputies of the head of the SBU, have not submitted declarations yet. By the way, Malyuk heads the department of SBU which conducts nonrelevant functions of the Special Services. His employees have been repeatedly spotted putting pressure on business.
Also, former head of the Department “K” Dmytro Neskromnyi didn’t submit the declaration. He is obliged to submit the declaration to the public register because he has been the head of it from November 2019 to March 2020.
“The situation is ironic: the head of the Department for Fighting Corruption did not submit the declaration. We hope that both he and his colleagues, who had not submitted declarations, know that the Criminal Code provides either fine or up to two years of inprisonment for intentional failure to submit the declaration”, stated Andriy Savin, the AntAC’s lawyer.
We should note that two other former officials of the SBU submitted declarations one day late. These are Mykola Kuleshov, former head of the Counterintelligence Department in the field of Information Security, and Bogdan Tyvodar, former head of the Main Investigation Department of the SBU, who has held the position until November 7, 2019.
The Anti-Corruption Action Center (AntAC) asked the National Agency on Corruption Prevention to check both facts of non-submission and late submission of declarations.
For more than three years the AntAC has been demanding the declassification of declarations of the SBU leadership. In particular, it filed the lawsuit on declaration of the classification illegal. The courts of first and appellate instance refused it, and the Supreme Court withdrew itself from the case. Only later the Verkhovna Rada abolished the right to classify declarations.