Ukraine’s anti-Corruption Agency Suspects Zelensky’s Party of Violations

Ukraine’s anti-Corruption Agency Suspects Zelensky’s Party of Violations

The National Police of Ukraine will check data on possible criminal offences in the financing of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s party Sluga Naroda, the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption has said.

“The NAPC has forwarded a finding of a criminal offence to the National Police of Ukraine for entering information into the Single State Register of Pre-Trial Investigations regarding the criminal offence and conducting a pre-trial investigation,” it said in a statement.

According to the agency, the three individuals transferred 2,896,000 hryvnyas (78,400 dollars) to the party account, while they did not have the necessary income to make such contributions.

As the NAPC noted, these individuals “in fact only disposed of funds from third parties who intended to keep the party financing anonymous”.

Ukrainian law prohibits political parties from making contributions to an anonymous person or under an alias. This can entail a fine of 100 to 300 non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens or correctional labour for up to two years or restriction of freedom for the same period with deprivation of the right to hold certain posts or engage in certain activities for five years, the agency explained.

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