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Hit parade of the most expensive cars for government officials in 2012. Government clerks avoid informing the public about buying luxury cars.

In 2012, in the Journal of Public Procurement (JPP) published announcement of the acquisition of cars by state and municipal agencies for at least 544 million hryvnia, reports Censor.NET.

Of this amount, 387 million UAH went to ambulance and sanitary vehicles. Another 71 million UAH went to updating the fleet of police departments. And among the luckiest among the law enforcement is the State Protection Service (SPS), which received 18 million UAH for cars in a year. And the process does not stop there.

In November, SPS began massively buying Mitsubishis for its regional divisions, and after the new year they bought 2 million worth of these cars for its Odesa, Sumy and Chernihiv divisions.

After the medical and police cars less than 83 million hryvnias remain in 2012 for vehicle tenders for other institutions.

Here are the most expensive ones, including minibuses, which were also placed in cars category (the chart does not include police cars):

Заказчик

Наименование авто - количество

Цена за ед, грн

Национальный банк Украины

Volkswagen Crafter 50 в комплектации А208.50 - 2 шт

764 000

«Западныйреабилитационно-спортивный центр» Национального комитета спорта инвалидов Украины

Mercedes-Benz Viano CDI22 Trend Long - 1 шт

560 700

ГП «Центр государственногоземельного кадастра»

Volkswagen Caravelle Comfortline 2,0ТДІ (140 к.с.) - 1 шт

462 352

Генеральная прокуратура Украины

Toyota Camry premium - 8 шт

445 720

Крымская электроэнергетическаясистема ГП «НЭК«Укрэнерго»

Skoda Super B Elegance - 1 шт

423 877

Национальный банк Украины

Volkswagen T5 Kombi - 2 шт

423 000

ГП «Клесовское лесное хозяйство»

Toyota Camry 3.5 А/Т (5N) - 1 шт

421 922

Национальный банк Украины

Volkswagen T5 Kombi - 5 шт

396 000

Фонд гарантирования вкладов физических лицКиев

Toyota Camry 2,5 Dual VVTi (180 к.с.) - 1 шт

368 800

Донбасская электроэнергетическаясистема ГП «НЭК «Укрэнерго»

Hyundai H-1 - 1 шт


The first trend which became obvious in analyzing the tenders for the purchase of passenger cars by state agencies: state officials conceal information about their craving for luxury. We found at least three ways: purchasing a vehicle called "cargo", leaving out some data in procurement, and pretending not to buy anything at all.

The first option with "cargo"


State Aviation Service reported in JPP that it purchased a "truck" for 666 thousand UAH. And although the price is adequate for some middle-class truck, one thing is raised suspicions - the car was purchased in Atlant-M Dnieper Embankment - a dealership which focuses on Volkswagen cars. The technical specifications were not specified which particular brand of car the Service wanted. However, they were very detailed about technical specifications of the vahicle. These requirements rule out the possibility of acquiring a truck, because we have never seen or heard of truck in "black pearl" color with six airbags, air conditioning and rear parking sensors. But the requirements are perfectly suited by Volkswagen Amarok 2.0D (180 hp) AT Trendline 4Motion pick up, which in our opinion, should still be considered a car and not a truck.

This is important because we chose only those tenders from the JPP which honestly specified the procurement code: "34.10.2 - cars." And who knows how many of these "truck car" cases are left up to the officials. Indeed, as already mentioned, the secret of "truck" bought by the State Aviation was discovered by chance - because of the famous name of the dealer.

The second option with "leaving information out"


The example of hiding was given by those who themselves must defend the law, including the tender one - the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine.

The prosecutors who valiantly dig the ground under Tymoshenko, have allowed themselves to update the fleet by 7 million UAH. Again, we are not convinced that this is all the data on new cars of the PGO. But it was not done through the "truck" scheme.

The fact is that the prosecutors were very shy their whims. In February, on the JPP website reported on the acquisition of vehicles for 3.6 million UAH. However, contrary to the requirements of the tender of the law of the PGO did not publish tender documentation. Thus, the data on the make, availability, price, and even the number of cars purchased was hidden. And apparently, all would have remained in the dark but due to intervening of Anti Corruption Center which with the help of the deputy Victor Matchuk's inquiry managed to have the data released. Only after that it became known that the NGO bought eight Toyota Camry sedansfully loaded for 446,000 UAH each and one Toyota Hiace for 331,000 UAH.

And how many more secrets of the NGO tenders are buried in the wilds of the JPP - no one knows. We can only guess how much it actually costs to build a new office for Victor Pshonka's Office in the city center: 147 million as the NGO reported or 312 million more? After all, this is the amount the the NGO had another construction tender for this office, but has not published the final agreement.

The third option - "we bought nothing"


According to reports, this is an option of updating officials' garages with luxury cars. It was used in full by the State Office of the President (SOP).

The journalists managed to get their hands on the text of an executive order that the Cabinet gave the SOP four armored Mercedes-Benz S-600 Guard free of charge. Free, because these armored cars made in 2008 were confiscated by the Customs. Of course, somebody paid for these cars. And probably a lot of money, because even used cars of this brand cost starting $350,000 apiece. If the government sold them at a normal auction, it would be possible to get at least a million dollars on something really necessary for Ukrainians, for example, thousands of computers for schools. But no such luck.

Who paid and how much is unknown, because such government regulation do not contain such information. In general, the documents on the redistribution of wealth in favor of the officials are among the most classified. If it was not for a friendly source that provided the journalists with information, the public would not know about these armored cars. And journalists would be unlikely to track their fate. And it is a very colorful one. For this Mercedes armored winter tires at 28 thousand UAH each were purchased. Therefore, the cost for the kit with a spare wheel was 140 thousand hryvnia. Just as much as a brand new car like Suzuki Splash or two Daewoo Lanos. And we are talking about set of tyres for one Merc of the President's Office. And it is believed that next winter they will change it again.


There is no doubt that the above case of the armored Mercedeses is just the tip of the iceberg, which has been revealed quite by accident.

After that "Nashі Groshі" with great zeal tended to the list of cars that the car database of the Main Department of Traffic Police insures each year, and orders for maintenance.

The study of these tenders showed that over the past year the garage of the State Office of the President acquired at least four expensive cars - three Mercedes-Benz GL-500 and one Chevrolet GMC. The JPP has no records on the acquisition of these vehicles by a government agency in Ukraine. Perhaps the smuggling works in mysterious ways...

 
 
 
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