NAPC declares that the appointment of Oleksiy Chernyshov as the head of “Naftogaz” will be illegal

Anhelina Sheremet

The National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption declares that the possible appointment of Minister of Community Development Oleksiy Chernyshov to the post of head of Naftogaz will be illegal.

This is stated in the letter of the head of the NAPC, Oleksandr Novikov, to Prime Minister Denys Shmygal, which is available to the Liga publication.

Oleksandr Novikov notes that the government, of which Oleksiy Chernyshov is a member, has been performing the functions of Naftogazʼs supervisory board for a long time. At the same time, the norms of the law "On Prevention of Corruption" expressly forbid officials and civil servants to get a job in a company under their control or supervision. The ban is valid for one year after dismissal.

"Thus, the appointment of any of the members of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to Naftogaz under the specified circumstances is illegal," explained the head of the NAPC.

  • On November 2, Oleksiy Chernyshov resigned from the position of Minister of Community Development. According to Babel, Chernyshov will head Naftogaz — its current chairman Yuriy Vitrenko has already resigned. The ministry, currently headed by Chernyshov, is planned to be merged with the Ministry of Infrastructure, so the head of the latter, Oleksandr Kubrakov, will head the new large ministry. And Chernyshov himself will lead Naftogaz until April 2023 — it is until this date that the mandate of the current head of the department is valid. Where Vitrenko will go is still unknown.