21 January 2018, Sunday, 17:28

Leu Marholin: Directors to stop stealing after becoming co-proprietors of enterprises


Directors will stop stealing after privatization of enterprises, by becoming their co-proprietors, as it is impossible to steal from oneself.

It has been stated by the deputy chairman of the United Civil Party Leu Marholin, commenting on detentions of “Naftan” public officers, BelaPAN informs.

The Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigation Committee of Belarus is carrying out legal proceedings in the criminal case related to corruption against officials of Navapolatsk-based “Naftan” joint stock company. In the framework of the criminal investigation, deputy director general and a number of other officials of the joint stock company, as well as directors of enterprises of the real sector of economy, were detained.

“How could be divided the thing which does not exist? They do not have property,” Marholin said. “And every second director or deputy director could be arrested? But not all of them could be reached at once. And loyalty should be mentioned as well. People are allowed to steal a little for their loyalty. Those who were imprisoned, had been stealing “not according to their position,” or were those who had been simply unlucky. And besides, it was a presidential company. If they do not have bread to offer to the nation, they should give circuses.”

According to the politician, the problem of abuse of position by the management of the enterprise is not new, and it would not disappear tomorrow. “Privatization has not been carried out in our country yet, unlike other countries of the former Soviet Union, that is why heads of enterprises have nothing to do with the property they administer. And the temptation is strong,” he said.

That is why, Marholin believes, “every boss, a little or a big one, is trying to earn money on the economic entity he administers.” “From this point of view it is notable that new persons arrested are procurement specialists, that is, they have nothing to do with oil and petrochemical products. But they have an opportunity to receive cuts when buying equipment, raw materials, spare parts and so on, choosing this or that supplier,” he said.

“I do not want to predict investigation, but after analyzing the criminal practice of recent years, one can become sure that my words are true. Even executions won’t help. There is only one way out – privatization. Directors of enterprises should be their co-owners. People do not steal their own property,” Marholin said.