Gold party: who is involved in the scandal about the financing of elections in Ukraine

The ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych

On Wednesday, the Chairman of Zaporizhzhya regional state administration Gennady Moskal reported details about how was discovered the so-called Ledger of the Party of regions. Data from the book presented at a briefing Tuesday the Deputy of the “block of Petro Poroshenko” Sergei Leshchenko and published by “the Ukrainian truth”, in which Leshchenko worked to elect a Deputy in 2014.

Found in the fire

Lists of recipients of funds from a slush Fund the Party of regions were stolen during a fire at the Central office of Party of regions on Lipskaya street January 18, 2014, wrote on its website Moskal. He after the flight of President Viktor Yanukovych was a member of the interim Commission of Parliament on investigation of crimes during the events of Euromaidan. Arson was treated as one of the episodes of events, the Russian wrote.

The arson was initiated by the security Service of Ukraine, then controlled by Yanukovych’s regime, to show the public the protesters and extremism to justify harsh actions against them Yanukovych, said the Russian. The book was in the SBU, and now it decided to legalize, he said.

The authors of the material on the “Ukrainian truth” reported that the book simultaneously turned out to be the former journalist and now MP Serhiy Leshchenko, and also ex-the Deputy head of the SBU Victor Trepak. That until November last year, was Deputy head of the SBU. On may 28, he said at a briefing that provides the documents in the National anti-corruption Bureau (NAB).

In a statement to the NEB on may 30, says that the data will be studied by analysts and investigators for possible abuse.

The defendants in the scandal

Published in “Ukrainian truth” papers have argued that the Party of regions is less than six months in 2012 spent $66 million “part of the document we do not have, for example, they relate to the primary stage of the election campaign 2012. So really, I think, spent more money,” — said Leshchenko at a press conference.

Trepak at the briefing argued that only documents that were in his possession, referred to the spending of $2 billion.

In 2012 in Ukraine there was a campaign for parliamentary elections. The party of regions, led by the then Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, received 34.3% of votes. The representative Azarov living since 2014 in Russia, in an interview with RBC said that while there are publications only in the Internet-editions and all the allegations must still be proven.

In the book appear the names of several then-Ministers, including the Minister of justice Elena Lukash and foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara, as well as the current Chairman of the Central election Commission Mikhail Okhendovsky, a member of Parliament Yevhen Heller, a well-known political strategists, in particular Kostya Bondarenko.

“Most egregious are direct bribes to the members of the CEC, some of which still perform their duties,” — said Leshchenko. The CEC received from the regionals $3 million, he said. The financing of the Party of regions, he said, was through “Treasurer” of the party, and nowadays the Deputy of fraction “Revival” Eugene Heller (party is considered to be close to the businessman Igor Kolomoysky) and former Deputy Vitaly Kalyuzhny.

According to the Ukrainian edition of “Apostrophe”, suffered the reputation of the Chairman of the Central electoral Commission Okhendovsky and ex-President Viktor Yushchenko, who, according to Moskal, received the “regionals” $1 billion Moskal, formerly a Deputy of the presidential faction “Our Ukraine”, on Wednesday said that the payments were Yushchenko’s “gratitude” for the fact that he handed over power to Yanukovych in the 2010 elections.

Partial denial

One of the defendants in the scandal, former MP from the bloc “Our Ukraine — national self-defense” Yury Kostenko, denies receiving from the Party of regions funds. Thus, according to him, the Ukrainian policy has always been financed by large capital, no matter what it’s political forces.

The former representative of the President Yanukovych in the Parliament Yuriy Miroshnychenko has doubts about the authenticity of the documents. “I have no confidence that it is authentic documents”, — said Miroshnichenko “Apostrophe”.

Confirmed receipt of the money by the political scientist Kost Bondarenko. “For anybody not a secret that almost all political forces, media and even the President work with double-entry bookkeeping. I never hid the fact that he collaborated with the Party of regions and provided intellectual services, which are paid,” said Bondarenko, “Komsomolskaya Pravda in Ukraine”.

In the published information indicated that the money was passed on PR-support of the Party of regions on channels “inter” and ICTV, in the regional press and FM radio stations.

Already known facts

In these publications, the costs are quite most likely, $2 billion for two years — quite a normal amount for Ukrainian politicians, says Ukrainian political analyst Volodymyr Fesenko. The cost of the presidential campaign in 2004, according to him, experts estimated at $1 billion.

According to the expert, all the names of cooperating with the Party of regions were known, is strange only that the accounting of payments could be conducted is such a way that each raspisyvaya for obtaining money could see the names and amounts received by the previous recipient.

However, Russian expert Yevgeny Minchenko, who worked with Ukrainian politicians, says that it is normal practice for Ukraine, even if it looks weird. Such “barn books” to have any Ukrainian party, he said.

Big surprise “revelations” are not, says Fesenko. According to him, that Yushchenko and his party had received funding from “regionals”, it was reported. In 2013 this was stated by the Deputy of “Our Ukraine” Sergey zikeev.

The leader of Radical party Oleg Lyashko said that the publication of information — “an attempt to divert attention from corruption, offshore of the President [Petro Poroshenko] and his entourage”.

If so wanted to divert attention from the scandal of offshore, then had to publish a month and a half ago, mind Fesenko. In his opinion, unsound and other assumptions — for example, that publication is intended to distract attention from the return of Hope Savchenko or may lead to early parliamentary elections. In his opinion, Leshchenko and Trepak, in opposition to the Poroshenko hardly would began to play into his hands.

The scandal will continue, the expert believes. Published only 3% obtained the information, reported by the MP Viktor Chumak.