The Interior Ministry is carrying out a pre-trial investigation initiated on the fact of embezzlement of state property by officials of Naftohaz Ukrainy on a large scale by a way of abuse of power.
The criminal actions of state officials resulted in loss of 57 billion UAH.
The Central Investigation Department of the Interior Ministry opened criminal proceedings on the grounds of pt. 5, Art. 191 of the Criminal Code (appropriation, embezzlement of property or seizure of them by malpractice committed on a large scale or by organized group).
Today, at a cabinet meeting, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arsenii Yatseniuk instructed the Interior Minister to take personal control of the investigation into the theft of billions of dollars, as well as take steps to arrest the property and return the funds to the state budget.
As of 6 p.m., the resolution of the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv satisfied the petition of the Main Investigation Department of the Interior Ministry to arrest nearly 500 million cbms of natural gas stored in special storage facilities of Ukrtranshaz PJSC which belongs to Ostchem Group. The court also ordered the officials of Ukrtranshaz to take custody of the aforementioned natural gas and to prohibit any disposal, including sale and transfer.