In this interview, Maksym Mykytas, who is also accused in the NABU criminal proceedings, has repeatedly confirmed the role of Oleg Tatarov as the company's mediator in resolving issues related to the company's activities through corruption.
The criminal proceedings
At the end of 2017, journalists from Bihus.Info published an investigation into the extremely unfavorable exchange between the National Guard and Ukrbud.
The fact is that in the 2000s, the National Guard transferred almost a hectare of land to the Pechersk construction company "Pagoda" for the construction of a residential complex. In exchange, it had to allocate 20% of apartments and parking spaces to the department. But until 2013, construction work on the site of the National Guard did not begin.
After that, the right to contruct was passed to Ukrbud Development, the beneficial owner of which was MP Maksym Mykytas.
Under the agreement with the new developer, the servicemen were to receive 50 apartments and 30 parking spaces in the elite Aristocrat residential complex in the city centre. But in 2016, the commander of the National Guard Yuri Allerov abandoned them in favor of 65 apartments on the outskirts of Kyiv near the metro station "Chervonyi Khutir" (Residential complex "Oberig" in Darnytskyi district of the capital). Both houses were built by Ukrbud Development. The value of real estate on the outskirts of Kiev was lower by 81 million UAH .
On May 14, 2019, NABU charged
commander of the National Guard Yuri Allerov, UkrBud Director-General Oleg Maiboroda, private appraiser Alisa Hrynchuk (who later concluded plea bargain agreement and pleaded guilty), and Maksym Mykytas. Tatarov at the time was a defense attorney for the construction company's management in court. Another suspect from UkrBud, Yakusevych, was released from custody.
In 2020, Mykytas' trials continued
: from June 2020, he was held in a pre-trial detention center, and Tatarov became deputy head of the Office of President in August. At the end of 2020, Mykytas concluded plea bargain agreement with the investigation and testified against Oleg Tatarov. After that, the NABU and the SAPO charged Tatarov. According to the investigation, the role of Oleg Tatarov was to facilitate a bribe to an expert of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for falsifying the forensic report in the case. With the help of a fake forensic report, the damages of 81 million UAH suddenly decreased by more than 10 times to 7 million UAH .
In a public interview
, Maksym Mykytas, who exposed Tatarov, said the following in response to a journalist's question: Journalist: According to the investigation, you facilitated a bribe for an expert from the Ministry of Internal Affairs through Tatarov. Why was he chosen as a mediator? Who coordinated the arrangements? Did Tatarov follow your instructions or participate in their organization? Mykytas: There was a situation that needed to be resolved in the legal field. Tatarov himself chose the methods of solving it, and then reported what was needed for this.
The NABU also published part of the correspondence between the accomplices of the crime, including Oleg Tatarov and others, which confirms the version of the investigation.
However, in the criminal proceedings against Tatarov, the group of prosecutors in the case was twice illegally changed and eventually prosecutors were appointed from the Office of the Prosecutor General instead of the SAPO. As a result, the terms of the criminal proceedings expired, and prosecutors did not make any decisions. The expiration of deadlines means the impossibility of further investigation and prosecution.