According to a journalistic investigation, some Ukrainians took out loans to buy a vehicle, while others even received help from their parents. This list also included representatives of law enforcement agencies.
Despite the war, the fleet of deputies, judges, employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Bureau of Investigation continued to be replenished with expensive vehicles. Schemes journalists were able to analyze which government employees became owners of luxury cars after February 2022.
These data became known due to the fact that the NACP resumed public access to the State Register of Declarations. According to reports, some citizens even took out loans to purchase the latest car model, while others were allegedly helped by their parents.
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Expensive cars during the war: judges
The first on the list was the judge of the Kharkov Court of Appeal Sergei Shabelnikov, who in December 2022 became the owner of a 2022 LEXUS NX 350H. This is a premium crossover with all-wheel drive. The declaration states that the cost of such a vehicle is 2 million 185 thousand hryvnia.
When asked by journalists for a comment, the judge replied that all the information was contained in the declaration, and he did not have time for other information due to his work. After a while, he nevertheless called back that he bought the car with his own money, because in Kharkov he “needed a reliable car.” It was also stated that he and his colleagues are actively helping the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Judge of the Eighth Administrative Court of Appeal Tatyana Shinkar also purchased a 2022 AUDI Q7 in September last year, costing 2.7 million hryvnia. In a comment to reporters, she said that she made a pre-order a year before.
“We paid the first installment. And we, in other words, had no choice,” answered Tatyana Shinkar.
Judge of the Turkovsky District Court in the Lviv region Rostislav Ferenc registered in his declaration the purchase of a 2023 Toyota Corolla worth 1 million 338 thousand hryvnia. It was noted that he took the vehicle on credit.
“Schemes” took his comment on why the decision was made to take a latest model car. Rostislav Ferenc replied that the loan was issued so that the wife could buy a car, and there were supposedly no other options.
Expensive cars during the war: law enforcement officers
In May 2022, the director of the Department of Informatization of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Alexander Mikhailov, received assistance from his mother in the amount of 898 thousand hryvnia, as indicated in the declaration. The day after that, he became the owner of a 2020 TESLA Model Y. The cost of the vehicle, as indicated, is 1.2 million hryvnia.
Alexander Mikhailov’s mother refused to comment on this information over the phone, because she was not completely sure that she was talking to journalists. Even the offer to show ID didn’t work.
“Maybe now you know what? There are a lot of bandits and these same ones! And they can arrange whatever you want. And if I say that I am the president, then what?” – said Lyubov Mikhailova.
The Interior Ministry employee himself also refused to answer questions over the phone, but it was not possible to agree on a meeting due to his busy schedule, the investigation says.
In September 2022, the head of the SBI department, Alexander Govorushchak, registered the purchase of a 2018 BMW X5 car. Its cost is 1 million 350 thousand hryvnia.
“Why did you decide that I should answer? What you say may not correspond to reality. I am not interested. Everything is indicated in the declaration, look, study. If you have any comments, then forward them to the appropriate authorities.” ,” answered a representative of the DBR when asked by journalists about the advisability of expensive purchases during the war.
Expensive cars during the war: government officials
Deputy city mayor of Uzhgorod Vadim Borets was no exception and a year ago purchased a 2022 BMW X7 XDRIVE 30D for 1.5 million hryvnia.
He refused to talk to journalists over the phone, only inviting them to come to Uzhgorod in person for a meeting.
In August 2022, two more deputies from the Servant of the People faction became owners of expensive vehicles.
We are talking about the head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Education, Science and Innovation, Sergei Babak, who indicated that he became the owner of a 2019 BMW 530E. The declaration states that the car cost him 1 million 200 thousand hryvnia.
The second deputy who made an expensive purchase is a member of the parliamentary committee on energy and housing and communal services, Evgeniy Pivovarov. He purchased a 2020 Audi A8 for 1.3 million hryvnia.
Both deputies initially refused to provide comments by telephone, but later Sergei Babak nevertheless sent a message to reporters that before the purchase he sold another BMW car for 600 thousand hryvnia. Separately, he added that he actively helps the military, but does not try to promote himself on this.
“After restoring access to the State Register of Declarations by the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, it became clear that the full-scale invasion of Russian troops into Ukraine did not prevent the renewal of the fleets of Ukrainian judges, law enforcement officers and deputies at various levels. This is all at a time when the whole country is collecting pickup trucks for Ukrainian soldiers who are constantly in short supply,” the investigation concluded.
Let us remind you that on December 14 it was reported that some Ukrainians continued to buy expensive vehicles. During the war, $700,000 Rolls-Royce, Volkswagen Touareg and powerful electric Mercedes appeared in the fleets of people’s deputies and officials. Some cars are registered to third parties.