Employees of the Security Service of Ukraine and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau exposed the mayor of Sumy Oleksandr Lysenko and the director of the city's infrastructure department for corruption.
The officials demanded 2.13 million hryvnias for the unhindered work of the local company that was engaged in garbage removal, the press service reports SBU.
The website of the Sumy City Council states that the infrastructure department is headed by Oleksandr Zhurba.
It is noted that the entrepreneur was threatened with artificial obstacles in conducting business if he refused to pay.
"The SBU and NABU detained both of the accused "red-handed" at the time of receiving one of the tranches of illegal profits in the amount of UAH 1.4 million," the report says.
The press service said that the issue of notifying them of suspicion under Part 4 of Art. 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (acceptance of an offer, promise or receipt of an illegal benefit by an official). Later, a preventive measure will be chosen for the officials.
Earlier, EcoPolitic wrote, that the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court for the first time made a decision to pay 13.3 million hryvnias as a reward to a whistleblower regarding the closure of the case of the ex-Minister of Environmental Protection (2010) Mykola Zlochevskyi. A $6 million bribe was offered to the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office.
As EcoPolitic previously reported, in Volyn the deputy of the Kovel City Council, Pavlo Semenyuk, was suspected of organizing a criminal scheme regarding the export of illegal wood in the amount of more than 44 million hryvnias.