Dear London School of Economics,
The topic of corruption in the National Bank of Ukraine has a high public interest, former Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine Ms Valeria Gontareva is the subject of broad public debate and numerous publications in the media. Meanwhile, there is information that Ms Gontareva was possibly complicit in crimes against the state of Ukraine and Viktor Yanukovych, former President of Ukraine, was the main suspect of those crimes.
I submit this request due to Ms Gontareva’s statement about moving her permanent residence to the capital of Great Britain, the city of London and her employment at the Institute of Global Affairs of the London School of Economics. http://www.lse.ac.uk/iga/people/Valeria-...
In the media, former head of the Security Service of Ukraine Valentyn Nalyvaichenko stated that she allegedly bought a house in London for £ 23 million.
Ms Gontareva was the chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine from June 19, 2014 to March 15, 2018.
Ukrainian forces are currently investigating a criminal case, where Ms Gontareva is one of the suspects and an accomplice to the crime. According to the materials of the investigation, she helped Viktor Yanukovych withdraw the money stolen from the Ukrainian budget abroad before his escape to Russia. Furthermore, being assigned as the NBU chairman, she took advantage of her close ties with former President Petro Poroshenko and exerted pressure on the investigators.
Kyiv Post: “The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (PGO) has called ex-head of the presidential administration Borys Lozhkin, acting deputy head of the Presidential Administration Oleksiy Filatov, ex-head of the National Bank of Ukraine Valeria Gontareva, ex-minister of ecology and natural resources, owner of the private gas group of Burisma Mykola Zlochevsky and businessman Kostiantyn Stetsenko in order to serve them notices of suspicion and to interrogate them in the framework of criminal proceedings.”
At the same time, Ms Gontareva, through the media, stated that she was not going to go to the interrogations, having confirmed her knowledge of the existing prosecution, residence and work in London. The indicated testifies the deliberate evasion of the organs of investigation.
Thus, I request you, under the Freedom of Information Act, to provide details on the employment of Ms Gontareva, ex-Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine, at the London School of Economics:
- Current position/function;
- Annual pay;
- Terms of contract.
Furthermore, I request you to inform if appropriate investigations were made regarding Ms Gontareva in accordance with Criminal Finances Act 2017.
I believe that the aforementioned scandalous events could influence the reputation of the London School of Economics and therefore, it seems to me that you should be informed.
I would like to highlight the fact that Ms Gontareva is a PEP (politically exposed person) and thus, higher levels of scrutiny are required.
With reference to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, please find below the School's response. I apologise for the late response and hope this has not inconvenienced you.
- Current position/function;
This is available on the School's website: http://www.lse.ac.uk/iga/people/Valeria-...
- Annual pay;
We are unable to provide the exact salary of any staff member at the School other than the Director as this information is exempt under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act. We are able to provide the salary band which is: SB08
- Terms of contract
Are shown in the Research Staff Terms and Conditions: https://info.lse.ac.uk/staff/divisions/H.... Please note that this is the 2014 version, which is being updated.
- Furthermore, I request you to inform if appropriate investigations were made regarding Ms Gontareva in accordance with Criminal Finances Act 2017.
In the processes for both securing the funding for Valeria Gontareva and her subsequent Tier 5 visa sponsorship by the School, we have not been made aware of any such investigation.
If you think that the information provided does not meet your request, contact me on 020 7849 4622 or write to Louise Nadal, School Secretary, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE. We will then review the response to your request and get back to you within 20 working days. You can also contact the Information Commissioner's Office http://www.ico.gov.uk/, though they expect the internal review to be carried out before receiving a complaint directly.
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