Censor.NET reports citing the press service of NABU.
Corruption in the agribusiness sector is mainly committed as fraud with the land and embezzlement of funds and property of state-owned enterprises.
The NABU is currently investigating illegal transactions for almost 8,000 hectares of agricultural land owned by the state. According to preliminary estimates, the amount of damage from the corruption schemes revealed by NABU detectives in the agricultural sector exceeds 2 billion hryvnia.
The examples of large-scale corruption include illegal actions of the Presidium of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences (NAAS).
"In 2008-2016, it initiated the adoption of a number of decisions, according to which 200 hectares of state lands were transferred to private ownership. Thus, according to the investigation, the presidium of the NAAS formally "exercised constitutional rights of citizens," but in fact it committed a crime that inflicted about 1 billion hryvnia of damage to the state," the report reads.
Another scheme resorted to by corrupt officials is the embezzlement of funds and property of enterprises with the participation of intermediary companies, to which products are sold at discounted prices, and they, in turn, resell it at market prices.
"As a result, revenues are deposited on the accounts of intermediaries, which are sometimes controlled by the heads of state enterprises. This is how, for example, damage was inflicted to the State Food Grain Corporation PJSC. The detectives of the National Bureau investigated fewer than five criminal proceedings concerning these fact; two cases have already been referred to the court," the report says.
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