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Top Defense Ministry official arrested for accepting $9,000 bribe

by The Kyiv Independent news desk March 14, 2023 6:31 PM 1 min read
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The State Bureau of Investigation, together with the Security Service of Ukraine announced on March 14 the arrest of a deputy head of one of the departments of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine while he was accepting a bribe of $9,000.

According to a statement on the bureau's website, the 60-year-old colonel agreed with a Ukrainian citizen of draft age to issue documents for removal from the military register for money, so that the latter would not be mobilized and would have the opportunity to travel abroad during the period of martial law.

The official was detained while handing over documents and receiving the bribe from one of the conscripts.

In the course of searches carried out at the official's place of residence, documents and military tickets of third parties, extracts from medical records, sheets with seals of military units of Russia, weapons and cash were seized.

Currently, the pre-trial investigation is ongoing, and the official has been notified of the charges.

Measures are also being taken to identify others potentially involved in the scheme, including employees of the district recruitment and social support center.

Punishment could include imprisonment for up to 9 years with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions and engage in certain activities, as well as confiscation of property.

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