ALEXANDROV&PARTNERS were approached by a public officer who was accused, without good reason, of committing a corruption administrative offence. In the opinion of the National Anti-Corruption Agency, the corruption offence was that the Client specified the salary paid in connection with termination of his employment not in the notification of significant changes to the property status, but in the declaration for the next year. It should be noted that in such a case a minor penalty is envisaged by law, however, once a person is held liable, this is regarded as a corruption offence which may lead to significant reputational damages.
ALEXANDROV&PARTNERS substantiated the position that a person’s actions must show signs of corruption, in particular an intention to conceal funds, for such person to be held liable for committing the offence. The Podilskyi District Court of Kyiv agreed with such a position, ruled that the Client was innocent of committing an administrative offence, and closed administrative proceedings.