Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s campaign office gave us written responses to NAKO’s 7 questions on how to fight corruption within the defence sector. Now that he has won the race, we are attentively watching to see whether the promises (which closely coincide with NAKO recommendations) will be fulfilled. Unlike Zelenskiy, Petro Poroshenko’s campaign headquarters did not provide answers to NAKOs questionnaire. This, in light of the fact that since 2016, Bankova has received 6 research publications on corruption risks within the defence sector and over 120 recommendations on how to minimize them.
NAKO has also been making significant efforts to organize an international audit of Ukroboronprom. After the scandal with Ukroboronprom, the President fired one of its key figures - Oleh Hladkovskiy, the Deputy Secretary of NDSC, replacing him with a defender of Kramatorsk airport, Serhii Kryvonis. Then, the President called for an extraordinary NSDC meeting. As a result, a decision, enacted by Presidential Decree of 15 April, 2019 was made. Among other things, it foresaw that the following actions should take place within one month:
- An audit of Ukroboronprom and its enterprises were to be organized (with the participation of international experts), and the public was to be informed of its results.
- A public hearing was to be held identifying the peculiarities of the transformation of MIC state commercial enterprises into joint-stock companies. Foreign investments were also to be attracted to the MIC thereby providing state control aimed at neutralizing potential threats to national security.
- Amendments were to be drafted on Law of Ukraine “On State Defence Order” (SDO).
NAKO hopes that the promises articulated by the candidates will eventually become the reality, and, is committed to keeping society informed. Not only on the implementation status of pre-election promises, but also on the (non)implementation of Presidential Decrees. In the meanwhile, NAKO calls upon President Poroshenko, who in any case remains in office until Zelenskiy’s inauguration, to provide for the implementation of his own Decree of April 15, 2019.