Resignation of NAPC member: preparation for the agency collapce?

On June 9, one member of the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) tendered his resignation from his post. When the Cabinet of Ministers accepts his resignation, only three members will remain in the composite of the NAPC – the minimum number
required for the agency to continue performing its functions.

Ruslan Riaboshapka’s decision to tender his resignation cannot be considered totally unexpected. Practically over the entire period of existence of the NAPC he got into public conflicts with the head of this body Natalia Korchak, accusing her of poor management and circumventing legislation.

The real reasons for the constant conflicts inside the NAPC are ambiguous. While some accused members of the NAPC of the inability to hold back their ambitions and organize teamwork, others suspected them of intentionally disrupting the work of the agency. In any case, over recent times the NAPC indeed demonstrated practically no progress in important areas of its work. For instance, it failed to approve results of the analysis of electronic declarations of high-standing government officials, including that of Premier Volodymyr Groysman. Similarly, the NAPC was unable to register the fact of criminal offence in the actions of the Batkivshchyna party, which according to joint

investigations of this body and the Chesno civic movement, falsified monetary contributions to its benefit.