Odesa’s ex-draft commissioner illegally “earns” $5.1 million, says anti-graft agency

19 July, 04:17 PM
Yevhen Borysov (Photo:armyinform.com.ua)

Yevhen Borysov (Photo:armyinform.com.ua)

Yevhen Borysov, the former head of the Odesa Regional Territorial Recruitment Center, has illegally “earned” UAH 188 million ($5.1 million), Oleksandr Novikov, head of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention or NACP, said during a briefing on July 19.

NACP and other law enforcement agencies are now checking all managerial staff of territorial recruitment centers, he said.

At the same time, the conclusion regarding Borysov’s illegal enrichment is ready, Novikov said.

“This is actually a record conclusion of establishing the facts of illegal enrichment – UAH 188 million,” the official said.

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“Even just one object bought in Spain is worth EUR 3.7 million. It took place on Dec. 15 last year when Ukraine was under daily shelling by the Russians. And there are several more such objects and all of them worth half a million euros or more.”

In turn, Borysov claims that this money is comprised of “loans” and he received them from “various entrepreneurs,” Novikov said.

For example, according to the former draft commissioner, one of them is allegedly from the co-owner of the Ibiza nightclub. However, there is no confirmation of this.

“What’s more, some loan agreements provided to us allegedly as confirmation of the availability of funds were signed in Odesa by the citizens who were not in the city at the time of signing. This is a glaring fact,” Novikov emphasized.

In addition, the NACP agents have exposed an organization for illegal travel abroad. All materials will be submitted to law enforcement agencies, the NACP head added.

On April 25, former MP Ihor Mosiychuk claimed that Borysov’s mother, Nadia Borysova, had recently purchased a house worth EUR 4 million ($4.36 million) in Marbella, Spain.

On April 26, Mosiychuk added that Borysov’s wife, Oleksandra Borysova, had also bought an office in Marbella during the ongoing war, reportedly worth EUR 2 million.

Mosiychuk stated that Borysov had imported an expensive Mercedes Benz car as humanitarian cargo in the fall of 2022, adding that Borysov had been in Marbella from Dec. 22, 2022, to Jan. 18, 2023.

In May, the State Bureau of Investigation opened a criminal case against Borysov due to allegations that he had bribed his subordinates to not serve mobilization notices to specific individuals. He was subsequently suspended from his post.

The Ukrainian military’s Operational Command South announced Borysov’s dismissal on June 28.

On July 4, Colonel Oleksandr Okhrimenko replaced Borysov as the head of the Odesa Regional Territorial Recruitment Center.

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