People's Deputy from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc Serhiy Leshchenko resigns from Member of the Board of DemAlliance and asks NABU NAPC to check him. He wrote that on his Facebook page.
"Anti-corruption activity has been the sense of my life during last 16 years. Therefore, due to public resonance around the situation with my purchasing the apartment, I consider it necessary to do make a statement. I claim that the funds paid for the apartment, are earned honestly, and the purchase of an apartment did not violate the requirements of anti-corruption legislation of Ukraine. I would like to note that I co-authored the newly adopted laws on public property registries and creation of independent anti-corruption institutions NABU and NAPC. As an MP and a public figure I consider it to be essential to duly report to the society. I also apeal to NABU and NAPC to perform relevant checks of my purchase of the apartment. I announce my resignation from Member of the Board of "DemAlliance" for the whole term of the checks. I joined the political party in order not to create a ground for political speculation,"- wrote Leshchenko.
This is Leshchenko’s response for recent social media burst, discussing his income and expenses, more specifically the mismatch of income and expenses. In the center of the scandal is an apartment in the center of Ukrainian capital worth of two annual salaries of the MP.
The apartment is located in a new building in the center of Kiev, with the total area of 192 square meters. Presumably, the price of apartments of this kind goes up to 300 thousand USD at current real estate prices.
At that, according to the declaration, Leshchenko earned a total of about 10 thousand USD in 2015.
Leshchenko himself stated that his girlfriend, DJ Anastasia Topolskaya, gave a part of the sum for the apartment, who is earning touring in Russia, despite the aggression of the Russian troops in Ukraine.
As it was reported earlier, this is not the first scandal involving Sergei Leshchenko during recent years.
Ex-MP Vasyl Horbal saw Sergei Leshchenko meeting odious Russian oligarch Konstantin Grigorishin in one of the Kyiv's restaurants this summer. Leshchenko later confirmed the fact of their meeting, admitting that they are friends and frequently see each other.
A few days ago, journalists spotted Sergei Leshchenko visiting the VIP room of "Sberbank of Russia", which indicates that he is their client.
Earlier Leshchenko stated that the budget of his Party "DemAlliance" makes about 140 thousand dollars in 2015, which is two times less than the cost of the purchased apartment.
Myroslava Gongadze, a wife of a murdered journalist, also sharply commented the purchase of expensive apartment by Leshchenko:
"Excuse me, Sergey, you know, I'm happy for you, but I want to note that children of Georgiy Gongadze have not received a penny from the fund, founded by their father. Could you please, as a co-owner, create your protectorship of me before Olena [Prytula, - ed.], to at least lend money for educations fees for 10 years," - wrote Myroslava Gongadze on her Facebook page.
As a reminder, it was Serhiy Leshchenko who unveiled a part of the "black accountancy" of then ruling Party of Regions. After analyzing these documents, the MP Serhiy Leshchenko announced that about 66 million UDS were spent on the Party of Regions in the first half of 2012.
Leshchenko resigns from DemAlliance and calls NABU and NAPK to check him
“Anticorruption activity was the sense of my life during last 16 years,” – writes Leshchenko
Serhiy Leshchenko is a MP of Petro Poroshenko Bloc, Ukrainian investigative journalist and public figure. Worked as an editor for the internet newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda, a reporter for the Novy Kanal, since 2014 is people’s deputy in the President’s party.