Ukraine’s anti-graft agency declares Auchan international sponsor of Russia’s war

23 February, 05:37 PM
Only in 2020, Auchan in Russia paid $167 million to the Russian budget (Photo:TverezoInfo/Twitter)

Only in 2020, Auchan in Russia paid $167 million to the Russian budget (Photo:TverezoInfo/Twitter)

Ukraine’s National Agency on Corruption Prevention or NACP has declared French corporation Auchan Holding an international sponsor of war, the agency reported on Feb. 23.

The corporation was added to the list as it had refused to stop financing the terrorist state since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and continues to operate in Russia.

Thanks to a joint investigation by the Insider, Le Monde, and Bellingcat, it became known that the Russian division of France’s Auchan supermarket chain had been supplying goods to Russian invasion forces in Ukraine since the start of the full-scale war.

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Journalists noted that the supplies to the military were positioned as “humanitarian aid.”

The investigation also found that in addition to supplying goods, Auchan helped military enlistment offices mobilize conscripts from among its employees.

Thus, Auchan as Auchan Russia is a direct sponsor of the war against Ukraine.

“For Auchan, Russia is the second most important sales market after France,” said NACP Head Oleksandr Novikov.

“In 2020 alone, Auchan Russia paid $167 million to the Russian budget. According to journalists’ calculations, this is equal to the cost of 15 SU-25 aircraft, 42 tanks, 222 Kalibr missiles, or 477,000 AK-74 assault rifles. We cannot allow Russia to continue receiving these funds, for which it then kills Ukrainians. We want any companies to be ashamed of cooperating with murderers. The Institute of Reputation must act, that’s why we included Auchan in the list of international sponsors of war.”

Earlier NACP included the following companies in the list of international sponsors of war: Procter&Gamble, OpenWay Group, Danieli, TMS Tankers Ltd., Minerva Marine Inc., Thenamaris Ships Management, Delta Tankers Ltd., Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd., Leroy Merlin, ComNav Technology, Mondi Group/Mondi PLC, eKassir, Liberian International Ship &Corporate Registry, and Bonduelle.

All these companies have been included in the World-Check database of the London Stock Exchange Group international company to protect the financial sector from sponsors of the Russian war.

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