Soboliev addressing the members of the anti-corruption committee: Do not let kleptocrats use you

Kleptocracy continues trying to make the recommendation to appoint Nigel Brown, who served the Russian oligarchs, as the director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau pass through our anti-corruption committee. This is the beginning of the plan to remove Artem Sytnyk from the post of director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, which is closing in on to the top leadership of the state in its investigations. A negative audit conclusion allows dismissing the director of the bureau.

As you could see, yesterday I did not allow such an initiative to be approved at our committee meeting, because in the course of the discussion we noticed that some manipulations with the parliamentary documents had been made for the sake of promoting Mr. Brown.

Last night I briefed Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy on the violations we had spotted and sent him an official letter requesting an investigation, correction of the violations, so that our committee could responsibly and professionally go on preparing the recommendations for the parliament concerning who could become a strong auditor of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Let me remind you that last year we held an open contest, by the results of which we recommended the parliament to appoint Robert Storch, Deputy Inspector General of the US Department of Justice, as an auditor.

I have just received an appeal from the members of my committee delegated by the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko and the People’s Front. They ask to appoint an extraordinary meeting of the committee at 09.15 am; that is 20 minutes ago.

By law, I have to appoint a meeting at the request of at least one-third of the members of the committee. But I also have to inform the other members of the committee about holding such a meeting not later than in 24 hours.

Thus, carrying out the law, I announce the appointment of a meeting of the anti-corruption committee at 2:15 pm tomorrow, March 17 – immediately after the plenary session of the Parliament.

Once again I ask all the members of our committee not to let the kleptocrats use them. Our committee has always been distinguished by compliance with all rules and procedures, which was one of the prerequisites for successful creation of revolutionary anti-corruption legislation.

Yehor Sobolev
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