National Agency on Corruption Prevention is looking for illegal secondary employment in teaching activities of Serhiy Leshchenko
The National Agency on Corruption Prevention examines the activities of the MP Serhiy Leshchenko regarding secondary employment and conflict of interests.
The National Agency on Corruption Prevention (the NACP) has informed the Anti-Corruption Action Center (the AntAC) about this examination in its request. In late 2015, the AntAC engaged Serhiy Leshchenko into the development of the anti-corruption course and subsequent and training activities for students of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
“The National Agency on Corruption Prevention carries out monitoring and control over the compliance of the activities of the MP of Ukraine, Serhiy Leshchenko, with the legislation on prevention and combating conflict of interests and other restrictions, including, compliance with restrictions on secondary employment and performing other types of activities ” the NACP’s request states.
In the frameworks of authority given by Articles 11, 12 of the Law of Ukraine “On Prevention of Corruption”, the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (further on, NACP) carries out monitoring and control over the compliance of the activities of the MP of Ukraine, Serhiy Leshchenko, with the legislation on prevention and combating conflict of interests and other restrictions, including, compliance with restrictions on secondary employment and performing other types of activities.
The NACP has requested the AntAC to provide the contract with S. Leshchenko, under which he has received 9 000 UAH for his lectures in the University.
At the same time, the Agency is in no haste to check up on declarations of officials and to look up for the conflict of interests in cases mentioned in the AntAC’s appeals. Since the establishment of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention, the AntAC has already sent 20 appeals, including 12 appeals concerning e-declarations of officials and 7 appeals concerning conflict of interests. None of them has resulted in a complete check of declarations by the NACP.
Moreover, experts of the Agency did not find the conflict of interests in actions of the Minister of Interior, Arsen Avakov, whose Ministry investigated criminal proceedings concerning the transfer of 40 million USD out of the country by his close associate, MP Ihor Kotvytskyi. The NACP also did not see a conflict of interests in actions of the Head of the National Commission for State Regulation in Energy and Utilities, Dmytro Vovk, who approved the new formula for calculating the wholesale price of electricity. This resulted in increased profit of the group of companies Investment Capital of Ukraine, where Vovk had been working before his appointment to the public service.
The NACP failed to examine the compliance with the anti-corruption legislation of the former Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine, Shafranskyi.
“Formal replies which we’ve received from the NACP, indicate selective and biased nature of their work. The Agency still hasn’t approved a procedure for complete declarations check, meaning that as for today Korchak and Radetskyi haven’t check any declaration out of the hundred thousands of e-declarations, including Petro Poroshenko’s declaration, in which he haven’t indicated Spanish villa. However, all the above-mentioned did not prevent Korchak from paying herself 180 000 UAH of salary. Other members of the Agency received 140 000 UAH each”, comments Vitaliy Shabunin, the Head of the Board of the AntAC, on the results of the NACP’s work.
Earlier, the mass media reported that check of the Leshchenko’s declaration is a frame-up case. There was information that Deputy Head of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention, Ruslan Radetsyi, received the task from the Administration of President to draw up a protocol on Serhiy Leshchenko concerning the purchase of an apartment in the centre of Kyiv.
In December 2016, the NACP reported that the Member of Parliament of Ukraine received a present in the form of discount for an apartment, which costs a thousand times higher than the minimal MP’s salary. As a result, the Agency drew up administrative offence protocol.
The procedure of complete declaration checks, within which the NACP could have performed an examination of the apartment purchase by the MP Serhiy Leshchenko, hasn’t been approved yet.