On his second day as CEO of state railway monopoly Ukrzaliznytsia in September, Maksym Blank was offered a Hr 5 million bribe ($227,272), according to an interview he gave to Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda in March.
Now demoted to deputy head of the railway company, Blank said then that the money was a kickback for paying off a Hr 20 million loan that Ukrzaliznytsia had on the books. He said he wasn’t able to name the person who offered the bribe.
“I cannot change simple things, I can’t (even) fire a thief,” the former investment banker complained to Pravda.
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