Acting NABU Director

The National Bureau had a productive start of the year marked by exposure of an MP, a deputy of the Kyiv City Council, PGO officials. However, with russia’s all-out invasion, we had to adapt to the new reality. From the first day of the big war, NABU employees joined the resistance. We recorded russian war crimes, helped take the Ukrainian military out of the threat of shelling, collected and communicated the geolocation of enemy units, ensured the safety of the capital and demined territories. Some of our team decided to join the Armed Forces and are now taking part in hostilities. However, we never stopped to investigate top corruption. No criminal proceedings were closed because of the war. We launched 163 investigations, notified 38 persons of suspicion, ensured the transfer of funds seized and posted in bail in criminal proceedings to the needs of the Armed Forces. All this against the backdrop of cut in expenses for expert examinations and translations, the non-appearance and sometimes manipulations of suspects and defendants, the absence of SAPO head, the end of the tenure of the first NABU Director, Artem Sytnyk. I thank everyone – the Bureau team, international partners, NGOs, volunteers – for joining forces in the fight against the enemy and corruption. I am sure we will succeed! The fight goes on. Until victory!


In the second half of 2022, SAPO and NABU continued to work under martial law and, despite tough conditions, showed decent results. During this period, we prosecuted 149 individuals, which is the highest six-month figure for the entire period of work.

Although due to the war, a significant number of Ukrainian citizens, including participants in criminal proceedings, left the country, we achieved significant results in bringing cases to court. Prosecutors intensified their efforts regarding civil confiscation and won three lawsuits for the collection of illegally gained assets into the state's income.

At the end of the year, our team got eight new prosecutors, appointed in an open and transparent competition. Meanwhile, the lack of almost a quarter of SAPO prosecutors, who continue to defend Ukraine, is critical for the effective work of the institution and leads to an increase in the workload on employees. Unfortunately, at the time of the aggressive war launched by the russian federation against Ukraine, high-ranking corruption is gaining new momentum. This phenomenon will not disappear or take a break. That is why we will continue to step up our struggle for the establishment of the principles of the rule of law and justice, for the sake of Ukraine’s European democratic future without corruption.


NABU effectively cooperated with other agencies to identify and neutralize the external enemy

In the second half of 2022, the National Bureau focused on its key task - exposing corruption. However, cooperation with law enforcement and security agencies to identify the enemy and tackle the consequences of russian aggression, launched in the first half of the year, continued.


NABU and SAPO defended Ukraine’s anti-corruption front in 2022

Ukrainian anti-corruption agencies are breaking their own records. In the past six months alone, NABU detectives and SAPO prosecutors exposed 149 persons and notified them of suspicion. This is more than in the 12 months of 2021 or 2020.


The National Bureau has intensified its cooperation efforts, concentrated on effective communication with international partners and informing the international community about its achievements on the anti-corruption front.

In the second part of 2022, two NABU projects received international recognition. The Anti-Corruption School became the best anti-corruption initiative of the year according to EPAC (European Partners Against Corruption) - EACN (European Contact Network Against Corruption). Another project, the Anti-Corruption Augmented Reality, won the Integrity Hackathon organized by the Special Investigation Service of the Republic of Lithuania.


Despite a five-month hiatus, the eCase Management System was put back into operation on August 1. At the end of December, it contained data on 327 criminal proceedings, that is almost every second investigation conducted by detectives.

During this period, it was possible to complete the integration of eCase MS with the Unified Register of Pretrial Investigations and start preparations for integration with the "D-3" court system, which will allow detectives to file motions with the court online. All these outcomes once again prove that NABU is an institutionally stable structure with effective management and development model.


These appendices contain statistical information on the NABU activities in the second half of 2021 as required by Article 26 of the Law of Ukraine “On the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine”