SBU Chief Faces Dismissal for 'Uncompromising' Anti-Corruption Campaign

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will propose that the Verkhovna Rada dismiss head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, after the SBU Chief accused ex-Prosecutor General Anatoly Danylenko of corruption

Wed, Jun 17, 2015
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Crime and Compromise. By Petro Poroshenko.
Crime and Compromise. By Petro Poroshenko.

Poroshenko is deeply committed to cracking down on corruption — but everyone knows that anti-corruption crusades require "compromise". Especially in Ukraine. SBU Chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko did not know this, and now he is likely to be fired. Good deeds never go unpunished. 

According to Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko, Poroshenko will seek Nalyvaichenko's dismissal as "revenge" for his "uncompromising position in the fight against corruption". The Kyiv Post reached a similar conclusion

"Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, head of the Security Service of Ukraine -- better known as the SBU -- clashed on June 15 with the Prosecutor General’s Office after accusing ex-Prosecutor General Anatoly Danylenko of covering up alleged corruption at oil firm BRSM-Nafta and co-owning the company.

"During the standoff, Nalyvaichenko said he would send the Alfa special forces unit to the prosecutor’s office to arrest Danylenko, which was perceived by some as a threat. His statements triggered speculation on whether President Petro Poroshenko was unhappy with Nalyvaichenko and whether the SBU head may have to resign."

But Poroshenko could lack the political capital to oust Nalyvaichenko. Lyashko says his party will not support the move; Vitali Klitschko, leader of the "Udar" party, also opposes the shake-up. And it seems prudent to remember that the SBU is widely viewed as more or less completely infiltrated by U.S. and Russian Intelligence. Poroshenko was able to fire Kolomoisky because he had the blessing of the State Department. Is the same true in this case? 

According to Lyashko, Poroshenko plans to replace Nalyvaichenko with Vasyl Grytsak, the First Deputy Head of the SBU, formerly in charge of coordinating the "Anti-Terror Operation" in Donbass. Interesting choice. 

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