The government fired head of the Public Service of Geology and Subsoil of Ukraine Oleh Kyrylyuk

Today, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dismissed the heads of state structures and 9 leaders, including Oleh Kyrylyuk, head of the Public Service of Geology and Subsoil.

“We are starting the process of a complete reset of power! Today is the first high-profile dismissal”, Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk commented on the government’s decision.

Kyrylyuk headed the service in May 2017 as a temporary acting head, later in February 2019 the government announced a new competition for the head of the service. In mid-March, it became known that the competition was won by Kyrylyuk.

The leadership of Oleh Kyrylyuk is associated with many scandals. In September 2018, First Deputy Oleh Kyrylyuk was detained on receiving a bribe in the amount of $3,000. The official was presented with the organization of a criminal enrichment scheme, within the framework of which he demanded and received bribes from business, in particular, for the right to use generalized geological information. According to foreign media reports, Kyrylyuk was involved in creating the “black box office” and blocking the work of oil and gas companies in favor of specific individuals.

NABU also opened criminal proceedings on the possibility of abuse of official position by officials of the Public Service of Geology and Subsoil of Ukraine. The detectives of the bureau believe that officials of the Public Service of Geology and Subsoil of Ukraine, acting by prior conspiracy, abusing their official position, deliberately committed actions aimed at underestimating the size of official payments to the budget for issuing a special license for mining.

The Public Service of Geology and Subsoil blocked the issuance and extension of special licenses for gas and oil production for Ukrgasvydobuvannya, Ukrnafta and Naftogaz of Ukraine.

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