This accusation was first disseminated on 23 May 2017 a press conference given by the 'Narodnyi Front' Member of Parliament Pavlo Pynzenyk. There, Pynzenyk unveiled a video compilation produced by the NGO "National Interest", which argued that AntAC siphons off project funding through the accounts of private entrepreneurs. Later, in live television speeches
given by Pynzenyk, he consistently re-iterated similar statements. These accusations were allegedly based on information as to the sums and flows of funds in the personal accounts of AntAC board members. Subsequently, these videos were deleted
from the websites on which they were hosted.
Notably, Pynzenyk stated: "…despite the high salaries of this organization members' funds were additionally transferred to private entrepreneurs. For example, private entrepreneur V. Shabunin received 1,7 million UAH in 2016-2017 … famous Daria Kaleniuk received 130 thousand UAH, private entrepreneur Ustinova received 1,86 million UAH from the AntAC NGO…".
These statements are false, and they could easily have been fact-checked by the MP himself.
The head of AntAC's Executive Board Mr. Shabunin
closed his registration as a private entrepreneur on 27 January 2017. This information is freely accessibly on the official website of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. Mr. Shabunin, when a private entrepreneur earned in 2016 a total of 555,337 UAH which is confirmed by the electronic declaration for 2016 that he submitted to the website of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP). Tax reports to the State Fiscal Service also confirm this information. From 1 October 2016, Shabunin is under employment at AnTAC and received a gross salary that amounted to 255,155 UAH for the period of between 1 October 2016 and 31 December 2016. This is confirmed by the electronic declaration on NACP website. From October 2016 to January 2017, when Shabunin suspended his registration as a private entreupreuneur, he did not receive any income from AnTAC emanating from business activities. This is further confirmed by additional reporting for 2016. Shabunin has never been remunerated for his work and services by AnTAC as both employee under an employment contract and as a private entrepreneur at the same time.
The sum quoted by Pynzenyk is entirely ficticious. AntAC's Executive Director Daria Kaleniuk
has been under an employment contract with AntAC since February 2013. On 28 December 2016, she removed her name from the register of private entreupreuners. This information is freely accessible on the official website of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. In 2016, Kaleniuk did not receive any income from entrepreneurial activity, this is confirmed by her tax declaration for 2016. Moreover, Kaleniuk never received payment from AntAC as a private entrepreneur.
AntAC's Executive Board members Oleksandra Ustinova
is registered as a private entrepreneur and receives payments from AnTAC for her works and services, according to agreements and work completion certificates for the production of particular results: publications, analysis, communication strategies, negotiations, etc. Amounts quoted by Pynzenyk are fictitious
and can be refuted by tax department statements.