The Second Criminal Investigation Opened Against the Former Director of the German “Daughter” of the State Enterprise Antonov Oleksandr Grytsenko

A citizen of Ukraine Oleksandr Grytsenko, born in 1956, former Managing Director of Antonov Logistics Salis (established with the majority participation of SE Antonov for the organization of provision of air cargo transportation services under the NATO program), is suspected of embezzlement of the company’s property through the abuse of his official position, within an organized group, and in especially large amounts.

The relevant criminal case was opened on 13 May 2022 by the Main Investigation Department of the National Police of Ukraine. The case will be investigated under Article 191 (5) of the Criminal code of Ukraine which provides responsibility in the form of imprisonment for a period of up to twelve years and confiscation of property.

It must be mentioned that on 11 May 2022 the investigators of the Ministry of Internal Affairs registered criminal proceedings against the actions of the former chief officers of Antonov Logistics Salis under the signs of a criminal offence stipulated by Article 191 (3) of the Criminal Code (embezzlement or misappropriation of other people’s property entrusted to or provided into management of a person, committed repeatedly or with the prior collusion between a group of persons).

The case was initiated by the Main Administration of the National Police of Ukraine in Kyiv. Now the central office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs has also taken interest in Mr. Grytsenko’s “sins” and the corresponding million-dollar losses.

Among members of SALIS there are nine NATO countries, namely: Belgium, Germany, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and France.

SE Antonov has been rendering air cargo transportation services to NATO Support and Procurement Agency through Antonov Logistics Salis GmbH (Germany) since 2019.

Prior to the war between Russia and Ukraine, heavy and oversized cargo air transportation services to NATO were provided by Joint Venture Ruslan SALIS (which was established in Germany in 2005 between SE Antonov and the Russian group of companies Volga-Dnepr).

As it was previously reported, in March this year twelve aircraft An-124-100 Ruslan, owned by JV Volga-Dnepr (Russia), were arrested as a part of criminal investigation on the basis of a court decision. Total cost of the arrested aircraft is more than UAH 24 bln.