Since February this year, the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine has spent more public money on road repairs and maintenance than all the regions most affected by the fighting combined. As the Ukrainian edition of Schema found out, the private company Stroyinvest Engineering, which has already mastered one and a half billion hryvnias on this, is directly connected with the head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional district, Valentin Reznichenko, who decides to whom and in what volumes to allocate budget funds from the region.
Half of the company is registered with powerlifting coach Jan Hlanta. As Schemes found out, Hlanta is a close friend of Reznichenko, they traveled abroad a lot together. Khlanta uses Reznichenko's car and was paid by his company.
The other half of the company, according to investigators, is associated with businessmen - the Dubinsky brothers, whom the United States has officially put on the wanted list on suspicion of financial fraud.
Due to martial law, Ukraine does not oblige customers to publish the essence of state contracts and the size of estimates, so the journalists analyzed the financial and economic activities of the company, having received classified information on tax and having studied the data on the state service "E-data". Investigators found that Stroyinvest Engineering resorted to several suspicious schemes when using budgetary funds. The first is when the subcontractors, according to the documents, did not purchase materials for road works in the volumes in which they sold them to Stroyinvest. The second - when there was a significant increase in the price of building materials on the way from the manufacturer to the state contract. The third is cooperation with risky subcontractors, the newspaper writes.
After the release of the investigation, the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine opened two criminal cases: under part 2 of article 364 (abuse of power or official position that entailed grave consequences - ed.) and under part 2 of article 209 (legalization (laundering) of proceeds from crime, committed repeatedly either by prior agreement by a group of persons or on a large scale - ed.), writes Ukrainska Pravda.