international magazine
03 / 2009

Black cash register The show at Naftogaz

On the night of 3 March, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained the chief of the Regional Energy Customs Office, Taras Shepitko, as part of a criminal case opened by the SBU on 2 March based on alleged misappropriations by Naftogaz officials of 6.3bn m3 of transit gas worth over 7.4bn hryvnyas ($875mn). The headline news on 3 March was the «takeover» of Naftogaz Ukrayiny, but later it became apparent that the «takeover» was an SBU operation to confiscate documents as part of an investigation of the criminal case.