IMF Executive Directors
Meg Lundsager (USA)
Mitsuhiro Furusawa (Japan)
Klaus D. Stein (Germany)
Ambroise Fayolle (France)
Alex Gibbs (United Kingdom)
Willy Kiekens (Belgium)
Age F.P. Bakker (Netherlands)
Carlos Pérez-Verdía (Mexico)
Arrigo Sadun (Italy)
HE Jianxiong (China)
Thomas Hockin (Canada)
Christopher Legg (Australia)
Duangmanee Vongpradhip (Thailand)
Per Callesen (Denmark)
Shakour Shaalan (Egypt)
Moeketsi Majoro (Lesotho)
Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey (Saudi Arabia)
René Weber (Switzerland)
Aleksei V. Mozhin (Russian Federation)
Mohammad Jafar Mojarrad (Islamic Republic of Iran)
Paulo Nogueira Batista (Brazil)
Arvind Virmani (India)
Alfredo Mac Laughlin (Argentina)
Kossi Assimaidou (Togo)
First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to the IMF for its long-standing cooperation with Ukraine that was especially important during the global financial crisis in 2008-2009. I am sure that the cooperation between Ukraine and the IMF will continue for the sake of real reforms and the recovery of our public finances.
In the joint IMF-Ukraine programmes, considerable attention has been paid to balancing the budget and ensuring an optimal deficit – a significant part of which involves curtailing unreasonable public expenditure. The most important conditions for realizing a successful cooperative programme are transparency and accountability of public finances.
An integral part of Ukraine’s state budget is balancing the state-owned joint stock company Naftogaz.
Unfortunately, I must state that today the company is entangled in a web of international corruption and fraud.
The basis of the corruption scandal is the illegal transfer of public funds in the amount of USD 5.4 billion to the shadowy company RosUkrEnergo. The amount – which constitutes 10% of Ukraine’s national debt – will completely unbalance the public finances and lead to the bankruptcy of Ukraine’s gas-transportation system. As a result, this will pose a threat to the energy stability of Europe.
The order governing this shadowy international transaction has already been approved by Government Resolution No 1061, dated 15 November, 2010 – a date which will go down for the largest-scale financial crime in Ukraine’s history.
As you understand, the financial resources that are being provided to Ukraine by the IMF will in general balance, subsidize, and finance this crime. Instead of the desired curtailment of Naftogaz’s deficit and relieving its dependence on state financial support, both will be increased significantly.
Ukrainian authorities will justify their actions by the decision of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. Without questioning the Court’s international authority, one must understand that it was not a legal proceeding in which Ukraine conscientiously defended its position. There was a corrupt conspiracy between the new Ukrainian government and the shadowy company RosUkrEnergo against Ukraine, framed behind the back of Ukraine’s people.
I would like to recommend to you a proposition to send a monitoring group to Ukraine to examine the situation before the disbursement of the next tranche payment to Ukraine. Furthermore, we wish to see in the Memorandum of cooperation with Ukraine the voluntary abandonment by the Ukrainian authorities of financing corrupt transactions connected with RosUkrEnergo.
During the difficult post-crisis period, it is very hard for Ukraine’s people to live, work and repay credits to the IMF, which will later be transferred to mafia structures. I know that other IMF donor-countries have also experienced difficult times after the crisis. It would be unfair for taxpayers of the IMF donor-countries to finance corrupt schemes in the post-Soviet space.
The fraud using public funds, occurring simultaneously with the disbursal of the IMF’s credit to Ukraine, directly contradicts the values and essence of the Fund’s mission in the world.
The Ukrainian and international communities are well-informed about the activity of RosUkrEnergo and its founders, among which are some odious figures sought by the FBI. A special investigation of its activity was undertaken out by the international NGO Global Witness. Detailed information about its founders was also published both by the Ukrainian and international media.
Ukraine’s society counts on your objective response, as well as fair and professional actions by the IMF Board of Directors.
Former Prime Minister of Ukraine
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