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Ukraine's anti-corruption bureau arrests ex-MP Mykola Martynenko

Ukraine's anti-corruption bureau arrests ex-MP Mykola MartynenkoThe National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has confirmed the fact of detention of former lawmaker of the People's Front faction Mykola Martynenko.

This is reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

"We confirm the detention," they said.

As KyivPost newspaper reported on Thursday evening, according to MP Serhiy Leschenko's report on his Facebook page, “Martynenko was detained by the NABU forces in the case into his receiving kickbacks under Energoatom’s contracts with his Panama-registered company with accounts in Switzerland.”

Read also: National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine: Energoatom bribe case to remain open

As reported, on November 30, 2015, Martynenko has announced he will give up his mandate in connection with a corruption-related scandal involving his name and a smear campaign against him.

On December 22, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed a draft decision on an abdication of People’s Front faction member Martynenko of his deputy powers.

On December 28, 2015, MP Leshchenko said that NABU is investigating two cases with involvement of Martynenko.

They concern the signing of a contract by the state enterprise for the supply of uranium concentrate at the price exceeding the one set by producers and abuse of office in the supply of equipment to the nuclear power plants in Ukraine and taking bribes from Czech Skoda and sending the funds to an account in Switzerland.

Martynenko was questioned on January 18, 2016.
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