Russian Firm That Paid $700G to Crooked U.N. Official Still on Approved Vendor List

FOXNews.com – Russian Firm That Paid $700G to Crooked U.N. Official Still on Approved Vendor List – International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News

Nearly two years after a FOX News story led to the discovery of widespread corruption in the United Nations’ multi-billion-dollar procurement department, revelations in a U.S. federal courtroom last week by one of the corrupt U.N. officials testifying against another show that the rot continues.

Signs of the problem spilled out in testimony that a gigantic Russian-based air transport company paid at least $700,000 in “consulting” fees to a United Nations procurement officer, in an arrangement involving at least 10 to 12 U.N. contracts awarded to the firm.

The value of the contracts is unknown — and the U.N. refuses to divulge it — but based on fragmentary evidence obtained by FOX News from U.N. Web sites and other sources, the total easily runs into tens of millions of dollars.

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Both offering and accepting inducements of any kind is a violation of U.N. regulations, which supposedly results in punishment not only for the employee but also for the contractor, who is, according to the rules, liable to be cut off from further U.N. contracting.

Yet even after those revelations, delivered by the man who took the money, the company that broke those rules, Volga-Dnepr Airlines, can still be found on a list of firms currently authorized to do business with the United Nations.

Contacted by FOX News by e-mail to discuss the charges and the company’s current relationship with the U.N., a spokesman for Volga-Dnepr declared that “at the moment we would refrain from any comments on the subject.”

In fact, Volga-Dnepr’s name can be found twice on the so-called U.N. vendors’ list, listed both as Volga-Dnepr Ireland (vendor ID 14515) and as a Russian firm, Volga-Dnepr Airlines (ID 6006). Such multiple registration is also forbidden under U.N. regulations.

Volga-Dnepr is a globe-girdling air-transport concern that was founded in 1990 amid the crumbling ruins of the Soviet Union. It currently claims, on its corporate Web site, to hold 56 percent of the international market for carrying extra-heavy and oversize cargo — a type of transport especially important for U.N. peacekeeping forces, which move large numbers of troops, supplies and heavy equipment, such as vehicles, around the world.

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2 Comments

  1. The U.N. removed Volga-Dnepr from the list as of last Friday. This is old news.

  2. Rug, meet broom. Kettle, meet pot. Since we’re talking about old news. And I agree it is old. As a matter of fact, it’s getting very old.


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