Kyiv’s metro has kept a contract with Kharkiv-based Alfa Pay Terminal, a murky firm set to make millions of dollars over the next decade by setting up a new fare card system for public transport. Critics say this is money that could easily have gone to the city budget instead.
Representatives of Alfa Pay Terminal refused to be interviewed for this story.
The original contract with Alfa Pay Terminal was made during the administration of former President Viktor Yanukovych. The company was the only bidder for this contract in the April 2013 competition, raising speculation that the contract was fixed.