The ten richest people in the Prosecutor General’s Office


On Friday, 12 December, the Novoye Vremya online newspaper published an article called “Golden Ten: The richest functionaries of the Prosecutor General’s Office have been named.” Prosecutor General Vitaly Yarema, who had previously called for the salaries of officials in his office to be raised, was declared to have had an annual salary in 2013 of over $45,000. While this sum is equivalent to the starting annual pay of a state high school teacher in the United States, it is high for Ukraine, where salaries for even white-collar workers are usually below $200 per month. A salary of $3,000 per month in Ukraine allows a person to live in relative luxury, even in the capital, Kyiv. The cost of living is very low. Below, the salaries in Ukrainian hryvnia (UAH) are divided by eight and put in brackets [] to give a rough approximation of the dollar equivalent for much of 2013. Ukraine has experienced 100% inflation in the space of a year, so these figures would not be the same today. But as it is, they immediately give rise to the question: why did such officials need to take bribes when their official salaries gave them every opportunity to live very well within their own country, including travel abroad, and when other privileges and benefits were provided by the state?

The Office of the Prosecutor General (OPG) has disclosed the first full declaration of income for all of its employees of the central office, reports LIGABusinessInform.

The top 10 richest functionaries at the OPG are as follows:

1. Lyudmyla Yerkhova

Head of the Department of Planning and Financial Activities
Revenue for 2013: 1,998,000 UAH [$249,750]
Of this, salary: 395,746 UAH [$49,468.25]
Sale of assets: 1,037,300 UAH [$129,662.50]
Dividends: 564,954 UAH [$70,619.25]
Property of declarant and family: 0.1 hectares of land
Apartment of 138.7 m2 bought for 1,256,350 UAH [$157,043.50]
Deposits: 632,790 UAH [$79,098.75]
Car: none

2. Olha Kydysyuk

Head of the Organization of the Unified Registry of Pre-Trial Decisions
Revenue for 2013: 538,219 UAH [$67,277.38] (family: 170,825 UAH [$21,353.13])
Of this, salary: 356,751 UAH [$44,593.88]
“Other income”: 181,488 UAH [$22,686]
Property of declarant and family: apartment 25.4 m2 and 66.7 m2
Car: Mitsubishi ACX 2008

3. Lesya Kulbyda

Head of the Organization for Reception of Citizens
Revenue for 2013: 535,056 UAH [$66,882] (family – 665,603 UAH [$83,200.38])
Of this, salary: 315,712 UAH [$39,464]
“Other income”: 211,344 UAH [$26,418]
Property of declarant and family: 0.1 hectares of land
Apartment: 71.4 m2 and 148.6 sq. m2
Deposits: 390,000 UAH [$48,750]
Cars: none

4. Oleh Umansky

Head of Information Systems
Revenue for 2013: 534,504 UAH [$66,813] (family: UAH 948,470 [$118,558.75], all from entrepreneurial and professional activities)
Of this, salary: 331,504 UAH [$41,438]
Sale of property: 205,000 UAH [$25,625]
Property of declarant and family: two units – 0.14 m2; house – 235 m2
Car: Subaru Forrester 2013, bought for 297,000 UAH [$37,125]

5. Alexey Baganets

Solicitor General
Revenue for 2013: 501,576 UAH [$62,697]
Of this, salary: 0 UAH
Pension: 250,000 UAH [$31,250]
“Other income”: 251,576 UAH [$31,447]
Property of declarant and family: 0.22 hectares of land; house – 243 m2
Apartment: 156 m2
Car: Lexus 350c 2011, registered to family members

6. Volodymyr Zherbytsky

First Deputy Chief Military Prosecutor
Revenue for 2013: 486,221 UAH [$60,777.63]
Of this, salary: 300,221 UAH [$37,527.63]
Property of declarant and family: apartment – 230 m2
Car: Land Rover Defender 2003

7. Oleksandr Kovalenko

First Deputy Head of State for International Legal Cooperation
Revenue for 2013: 474,117 UAH [$59,264.63]
Of this, salary: 260,615 UAH [$32,576.88]
“Other income”: 213,615 UAH [$26,701.88]
Property of declarant and family: apartment – 90 m2
Car: Mercedes-Benz 1990

8. Vasyl Kozhukhar

First Deputy Head of State Supervision of Observance of Laws in the Execution of Judgments
Revenue for 2013: 457,279 UAH [$57,159.88]
Of this, salary: 335,232 UAH [$41,904]
Property of declarant and family: 0.06 hectares of land; apartment – 72.2 m2
Car: Skoda Superb 2012 (payments on loans in 2013: 26,102 UAH [$3,262.75])

9. Oleh Makarchuk

Head of the Department of Organizational Support
Revenue for 2013: 451,654 UAH [$56,456.75]
Of this, salary: 358,087 UAH [$44,760.88]
Property of declarant and family: no real estate
Deposits: 213,000 UAH [$26,625]
Car: Honda CRV 2008

10. Olena Romanyuk

Head of Legal Support
Revenue for 2013: 432,018 UAH [$54,002.25]
Of this, salary: 302,018 UAH [$37,752.25]
Sale property: 130,000 UAH [$16,250]
Property of declarant and family: 0.006 hectares of land bought for 16,246 UAH [$2,030.75]; apartment – 72 m2
Car: Hyundai Tucson 2008; Land Rover Freelander 2013 (bought for 396,048 UAH [$49,506]; mortgage payments – 60,029 UAH [$7,503.63])

Prosecutor General Vitaly Yarema declared 361,943 UAH [$45,242.88] income for 2013. He had previously announced his intention to increase the salaries of prosecutors.

It is also noteworthy that Deputy Prosecutor General Oleh Bachun declared a lack of income for 2013. In the graph for gifts, prizes and winnings, he indicated the amount of 5,862,857 UAH [$732,857.13].

Golden Ten: The richest functionaries of the Prosecutor General’s Office have been named

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