Ukraine’s anti-graft agency issues arrest warrant for ex-MP Hranovskyi

15 November 2022, 01:33 PM
Oleksandr Hranovskyi (Photo:Press service of Hranovsky)

Oleksandr Hranovskyi (Photo:Press service of Hranovsky)

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has put former Ukrainian MP Oleksandr Hranovskyi on its wanted list, the agency reported on the Telegram messenger on Nov. 15.

According to the NABU, Hranovskyi is suspected of organizing a corrupt scheme at JSC Odesa Port Plant (OPP) (99.57% owned by the state), resulting in the OPP failing to receive about UAH 93.3 million ($2.5 million).

The NABU and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) announced on Oct. 21, 2022, that they suspected Hranovskyi had organized a corrupt scheme at the OPP.

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According to a NABU press release, under the scheme, the OPP sold mineral fertilizers to a predetermined company at discounted prices, after which this enterprise resold the products to foreign companies at the market price.

NABU agents said the scheme was in effect from March to December 2015.

Hranovskyi entered Ukraine’s parliament as a member of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc Party in 2014. He left the Party in 2019. At the last parliamentary elections, he lost to the Servant of the People candidate Oleksandr Kunytskyi in majority district No. 169 (Kharkiv Oblast).

In 2019, media reported that Hranovskyi had received an Israeli immigration visa and had left Ukraine the day after it was issued.

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