According to Bakhmatyuk, NABU was created specifically to harass a business by using the façade of “A-class official”.
The owner of one of the largest Ukrainian agricultural holdings “Ukrlendfarming” Oleg Bakhmatyuk in an interview with UNIAN gave an answer to the accusations of NABU on the subject of theft of the billionth loan of the National Bank.
On the website of “Economic Truth” on April 3, the material was published in which you were accused of embezzling a loan in the amount of 1.2 billion UAH, issued by the National Bank to “VAB Bank”. How can you comment on these allegations?
The material you are talking about contains facts that were not related to each other. The NABU investigator provided the Anti-Corruption Center with data from different periods.
This case has already been investigated more than four years ago. Investigation Department of the Police, the Security Service of Ukraine was investigating it under the supervision of the Prosecutor. The case had dozens or hundreds of volumes, a thousand interrogations were conducted, a lot of facts were established, and not just those contained in this article. In the end, the case was procedurally closed. Then, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau three and a half years ago resumed the case on a refinancing episode of 1.2 UAH. But this is complete legal lawlessness; they had no right to it. This is a direct violation of the law “stop the mask show” (ed. – stop harassing business)
The situation looked like this. Appears a certain Irena Ross (ed. – Representative of the NGO “Fund for the Rescue of Problem Investors”), who is completely controlled by the NABU detectives, and initiates the resumption of the case. Irena Ross is a blackmailer, she demanded money in exchange for her attention to my person. Now she has fled to Europe under the guarantee of one of the People’s Deputies, who also closely cooperates with NABU. And they actually provoked a conflict of interest, as a result of which the Attorney General was again forced to intervene.
They have been terrorizing our company for three and a half years, a thousand interrogations and searches were conducted. During this time, they have failed in all their accusations. It already seems to me that NABU was created specifically to harass business under the façade of “A-class officials”. They say something about the suspicion to the First Deputy of the NBU, but I wonder how many times he was interrogated.
So you say that the facts in the article do not correspond to reality? What about accusations of overstating the value of the property, which secured the billionth loan of the National Bank, about the withdrawal of funds to the accounts of your own companies?
First of all, I note that in principle there was no need for this refinancing. In fact, I was forced to take this loan. Why should we need such a loan when a month later temporary administration was introduced. Why do we need, as they say, to give a bail with a bad pledge? Back then we still struggled to save the bank.
We paid the entire amount of the loan from the National Bank to individuals. There is an act of the Deposit Guarantee Fund on ten pages, in which it is clearly traced that the funds were transferred to the accounts of individuals.
The pledge for this loan was a distillery in Ivano-Frankivsk region. NABU claims that the cost of this plant was artificially high. But we also carried out our own expertise and proved that it is worth the money that was indicated in the pledge. This is a modern factory with new equipment. Unfortunately, thanks to the efforts of the National Bank and other participants in the dispute, the plant stopped, because we could not sit down at the negotiating table and have a civilized agreement.
According to your expertise, what is the real cost of this plant?
We have invested 47 million US dollars in the equipment only. 700 people worked on it. They commodities worth 400 million UAH annually, paid taxes in the amount of 150 million UAH. Now the plant is stopped, no one needs it, people have left for work in Poland, and the State does not receive taxes. For four years, the plant simply died because of the permanent courts.
A year and a half ago I wrote a letter to the National Bank with an offer to sit down at the negotiating table and agree on installment on bonds payments of obligations. Only negotiations on the subject of debt restructuring can be a constructive solution. But they don’t hear me. It’s easier to destroy than to negotiate.
At the beginning of the conversation, you noted that the data given in the article “Economic truth” are not interrelated? What did you mean?
I understand that the classical scheme is applied. NABU detectives “merge” investigative materials into the Anti-Corruption Center. And it goes to the media, and then a target is placed on someone’s head with a cry “hit him!”
During these three and a half years of our so-called cooperation, I realized that NABU has two opinions: their own and the wrong one. And this leads to the complete inability to protect your rights. The presumption of innocence does not work. The PR techniques that were used in the article affect the economic activities of my enterprises and cause reputational losses. This is manipulation.
The refinancing loan did not leave the bank; acts were drawn up about this. The stated facts concern internal bank transactions. A 1.2 billion UAH loan has nothing to do with the above 45 million transferred to the account of the company Quickom Limited. When you read the material, you see: billions of dollars are stolen, a photo of an oligarchy. This is done to create the background and continue to quietly break the law. In fact, they claim that the whole investigation concluded prior to there by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Security Service of Ukraine is wrong. But in this case, we need to relieve the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Security Service of Ukraine. Create, instead of all of them, one body in which a business can unify all its problems.