The case of the former head of Naftogaz Kobolev was sent to court

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On November 29, the prosecutor of SAP sent an indictment to the court on charges of abuse of his official position against Kobolev, based on the materials of the NABU pre-trial investigation.

In addition, on November 30, the panel of judges of the High Anti-Corruption Court, in a preparatory court session, accepted the request of the prosecutor and extended the validity period of the obligations imposed on the accused in connection with the application. Bail.

What is known about the Kobolev case?

On January 19, 2023, representatives of NABU and SAP informed Andriy Kobolev of suspicion of abuse of official position when paying 229 million UAH as a bonus for the company’s victory in the Stockholm arbitration with Russian Gazprom. According to the investigation, this amount significantly exceeds the normatively defined amounts of such payments (37.48 million UAH).

On March 1, the Appeals Chamber of Ukrainian Trade and Industry imposed a preventive measure against Kobolev in the form of bail in the amount of UAH 229.248 million. However, on March 7, the news service of the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office announced that Kobolev had not been granted bail. On March 7, Kobolev said that NABU should increase the pledge amount from UAH 229 million to UAH 365 million. He also noted that he had already pledged UAH 106 million.

On March 14, the High Anti-Corruption Court ordered Andriy Kobolev, the former head of Naftogaz, to wear an electronic bracelet and leave a bond in the amount of 229 million hryvnias.

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On April 6, NABU initiated a new criminal proceeding involving Andrei Kobolev. NABU launched a fresh investigation into the transfer of 305 million cubic meters. m State gas for a fictitious company in 2020.

On April 12, the investigative judge VAKS refused to accept the NABU detective’s request to extend the terms of the pre-trial investigation regarding the former head of Ukraine’s Naftogaz group. On April 14, VAX did not comply with NABU detectives’ repeated request. On April 14, NABU announced it was closing the investigation into Kobolev.

On August 9, Kobolev’s detention was extended for another two months.

At a meeting on September 25, VAKS decided to reduce the bail amount for former head of NJSC “Naftogaz” Andrii Kobolev.

On October 6, a judge of the High Anti-Corruption Court partially accepted the SAP prosecutor’s request and extended Kobolev’s detention, but made changes to his duties.

Note: According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine, a person is presumed innocent of a crime and cannot be criminally punished until his guilt is legally proven and established by a court decision.

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