• 14/04/2024 00:20

NABU confirmed the existence of a corruption scheme in the procurement of food by the Ministry of Defense

Suppliers can abuse the formation of popular goods.

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau has confirmed the existence of a corruption scheme in the procurement of food by the Ministry of Defense.

This scheme allows for significantly higher prices for certain categories of products, the bureau says Dysfunctional suppliers receive super-profits and actually profit from the army.

“The use of the existing procurement system allows suppliers to resort to abuse when setting prices for popular product groups: eggs are sold at exorbitant prices, and salmon or blueberries, which are not seen in the military diet, are sold at prices several times lower than market prices,” the Bureau reported. /p>

The existing procurement scheme allows suppliers to resort to abuse when setting prices for popular groups, eggs are sold at exorbitant prices, and salmon or blueberries, which are not seen in the military diet, are sold at prices several times lower than market prices. To confirm the facts of abuse, detectives seize and process a huge array of primary warehouse records of military units, recipients of the service, which is necessary to establish the volume of supplies of all product items in the catalog.

NABU confirmed the existence of corruption /p> Part of the case materials </p>
<p>“Currently, a number of examinations have been appointed, the collection of additional materials continues. We especially thank the State Audit Service for cooperation and hope for further cooperation,” says the NABU statement.</p>
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<li>The case of purchasing products for the military inflated prices have been going on since the spring of 2023. Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov resigned in September, but this was preceded by another journalistic investigation into the purchase of winter clothing for the military.</li>
<li>The Ministry of Defense explained the inflated prices for food by the fact that the cost already included logistics, including and into war zones. In some cases, food preparation was also included.</li>
<li>The scandal with the purchase of food led to the Verkhovna Rada approving a transparent procedure for defense procurement.</li>
<li>The Accounts Chamber analyzed the procurement of the Ministry of Defense and found that in the first half of 2023, it purchased food products at prices 30% higher than consumer prices. The department also did not conduct a cost analysis, did not control the actual quantity of products supplied, and 75% of the product catalog items were not supplied with parts at all.</li>
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