What are the lessons from Roman Nasirov, head of Ukraine’s State Tax Service, who is facing corruption charges in ordering the delay of a company’s tax payments, costing the state $74 million? There are many.
The case involves state gas producer Ukrgazvydobuvannya and, according to fugitive lawmaker Oleksandr Onyshchenko, the allegations are typical of the tax schemes that he links to President Petro Poroshenko in which payments are forgiven in exchange for kickbacks. Onyshchenko has claimed that Poroshenko instructed Nasirov to delay tax payments for natural gas firms in exchange for money to finance Poroshenko’s political projects.
Poroshenko has denied the allegations made by Onyshchenko, who fled after the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine charged him with stealing $64 million from Ukrgazvydobuvannya.