Vsevolod Kovalchuk, head of NPC Ukrenergo, and other top managers of the company have passed a polygraph (lie detector) test in connection with searches conducted on September 5 at the company’s HQ and at the certain managers’ homes by the Chief Investigative Directorate of the National Police in the Kyiv oblast. The results of the study confirmed the validity of the testimonials of the employees tested.
The inspection was conducted by representatives of the All-Ukrainian Association of Polygraphologists that called an open tender for this study. Ukrenergo’s employees were distributed to polygraph examiners by drawing. Thus, all study participants did not know their counterparts beforehand.
“This approach guarantees maximum objectivity and impartiality and places personal responsibility for the result on each polygraph examiner,” says Volodymyr Vedmid, Executive Director of the All-Ukrainian Association of Polygraphologists.
The reason for the searches in question was the National Police’s allegations of violations in the public procurement of goods and works that the company has been conducting since 2016. At the same time, it remains unclear what kind of offenses Ukrenergo employees are suspected of, and what damage they have caused.
“The company has been searched based on criminal proceedings opened almost a year ago (in October 2018). Since that moment no investigative action has been taken. Therefore, it was strange for us to find out from the ruling of the investigating judge that some companies seemed to be illegally seizing Ukrenergo’s funds with the participation of certain employees. That is why myself and the employees mentioned in this ruling voluntarily passed the polygraph test,” said Vsevolod Kovalchuk, head of NPC Ukrenergo.
“Our message is that there is no corruption in Ukrenergo’s procurement practices. Our prices are market-based and procurement procedures are transparent and adequate,” says Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, First Deputy Chairman of the Board of NPC Ukrenergo.