Several officials and bankers detained by KGB over bribes

The State Security Committee of Belarus (KGB) “has found large-scale corruption schemes set up by employees of the BelABM joint venture headed by Dzmitry Ronin. The schemes involved representatives of government agencies”.

As BelaPAN learned from KGB press service chief Dzmitry Pabyarzhyn, Head of the Social Protection Fund (SPF) of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection Lyudmila Bachyla was detained at the crime scene on December 15, while receiving a bribe of $20K from Dzmitry Ronin.

She received the bribe for assistance in recognizing “BelABM” the winner of the auction for the purchase of fund’s equipment. A criminal case was launched against Bachyla over receiving a bribe, and against Ronin over giving one.

Also detained were Deputy Director General of “BelABM” Mikalai Ramanovich (accomplice in the Bachyla bribe case), an employee of the “BelABM” Leanid Harbacheuski and head of information unit Vital Staravoytau responsible for the preparation of tender documents for the purchase of computer equipment.

According to the KGB, being in the conspiracy, they developed the “right” terms of reference, which allowed “BelABM” to win the auction. For his assistance, and with the help of Harbacheuski, Staravoytau received a bribe of $ 4,000.

On the same day for KGB arrested Board Chairman of the JSC “non-bank financial institution “Single Settlement and Information Space” Aleg Verameichyk (previously – head of the chief “Single Settlement and Information Space” of the National Bank of Belarus). In July 2016 he received from Ronin $ 9,000, and in November – € 6,400 for the assistance in preparation and holding “contract” tender for the supply of equipment worth about 28 billion non-denominated rubles in the interests of “BelABM”.

Also detained was head of the Chief Monetary and Financial Monitoring Unit of the National Bank of Belarus Anatol Maroz and his deputy Katsyaryna Paulouskaya. The KGB documented three cases of Maroz receiving bribes from Ronin in amount of not less than $ 13,000 for selecting “BelABM” as a supplier of equipment, and of him mediating the Paulouskaya bribe.

Criminal cases were started over all of these activities. Detainees are now in custody.

The Joint Company “BelABM” is more than 20 years old, it is one of the leading companies of the Belarusian market for system integrators and is a partner of more than ten leading companies in the IT industry.

Yesterday, the KGB reported that the leadership of “MTZ”, “MAZ”, “BelAZ” and “Gomselmash” received bribes for $ 200,000.