The Anti-Corruption Committee has been deciding for a month and a half with three possible representatives from parliament to elect the Head of the Asset Recovery and Management Agency – ARMA. And finally, we have the results!

Unexpectedly, one of the three winners was Olexandr Shadrin, a partner of the Barristers Lawyers Association. This candidate did not submit all the necessary documents in due time and the committee created special conditions for him. Shadrin is known as the defender of the former Sloviansk city mayor Nellia Shtepa who was suspected in separatism.

The attorneys at this law association represent the interests of NABU’s defendants, whose assets can be transferred to ARMA. The organization was also among those that cooperated with ARMA and could manage the seized assets.

Besides Shadrin, Ruslan Sekela and Zakhar Pasiechko were elected as possible parliamentary representatives. The full namesake of the latter was Assistant to the Minister of Justice of Ukraine in the Azarov’s government in 2013 and Assistant to the People’s Deputy from the “Servant of the People” political party Roman Ivanisov.

Forming a commission to elect the Head of the ARMA began with special conditions for individuals and a non-systematic approach to the interviews by the Anti-Corruption Committee. Eventually, this process dragged on for a month and ended only today.

What’s next?

According to the law, apart from the Verkhovna Rada, one representative must be appointed by the Prosecutor General (who is not elected yet), the Director of NABU, the Ministers of Justice and Finance and the Head of the State Financial Monitoring Service of Ukraine.

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