This was announced by Censor.NET's Editor in Chief Yurii Butusov on his Facebook page.
"Changes in SBU. Visible ones.16 SBU officers have been detained for corruption crimes over the past two months. Six of them are from Kyiv Directorate for fighting organized crime and corruption, where Vasyl Hrytsak [SBU head - ed.] himself used to serve and where he should allegedly have many acquaintances.
"On Friday, an official from the Main Directorate for fighting organized crime and corruption in the Khmelnytskyi region was arrested when taking a bribe.
"Many things are changing in the authority, and I have an impression that they are fighting the corruption for real.
"I would like to note that if not for Hrytsak's decision, then diamond prosecutors Shapakin and Korniiets would have escaped responsibility. Shokin's friends [Prosecutor General of Ukraine - ed.] are documented and under investigation only due to the SBU leadership's stance, as well as that of the Inspectorate General of the Prosecutor's General Office.
"I would like to tell an interesting story which has a lot going for Vasyl Hrytsak and his management principles. On Aug. 4 in Rivne, tax police arrested an illegal amber manufactory. It was the largest withdrawal in the Ukrainian history - 3.5 tons of the stone have been seized. The first to announce this were the SBU on their website. As turned out, head of the Main Directorate for fighting organized crime and corruption in the Rivne region stopped by the manufactory during the operation, took a picture, and uploaded it on the website as his work achievement!
"And that was before the tax service finished its procedural actions and conducted all the arrests.
"Hrytsak sorted out the situation and made a decision within an hour. The news was taken away from the website, and the head of the Main Directorate in the Rivne region was fired. He was fired not for faking the news, but for the fact that he had done nothing to eliminate the illegal manufactory with SBU forces while being on his post. Moreover, SBU head fired another head of the Main Directorate in the Zhytomyr region on the same day - that's where the amber was supplied from to the illegal manufactory in Rivne.
"In his commentary to Censor.NET Vasyl Hrytsak said of the firstlings of the corruption fight in the SBU:
"We cannot start fighting corruption in the state if there is no order among our staff. People should see that corruption in the SBU is being punished much faster than that in other authorities. When they see that we are essential towards ourselves, the people will start trusting the special forces. This is not a one-time campaign, not an advertising trick - we are demonstrating that there will be no way back," Hrytsak said as quoted by Butusov.
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