Ukrainian MP from Opposition bloc to be stripped of immunity

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Source : 112 Ukraine

Mykola Skoryk was involved in anti-Maidan scandals and pro-Russian activities
10:00, 23 September 2016

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Next week, Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko intends to submit lifting the parliamentary immunity of MP from "Opposition bloc" Mykola Skoryk. He is suspected of involvement in riots in Odesa in February 2014.

Skoryk was born in Odesa in 1972, he graduated from the Odesa Polytechnic University as an engineer-economist. From 1994 to 2006, he worked in the now liquidated "IMEXBANK", from a head of a unit to chairman. He became friends with the honorary president of the bank, People's Deputy of 4-7 convocations, Leonid Klimov.

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Chairman of the Regional council

From 2006 to 2010 Skoryk was chairman of the Odesa Regional Council. He was involved in several scandals. One of them was the transfer of regional hospital for disabled veterans to the city hospital area. Officially, some investors had to reconstruct the hospital, but he get it in his property instead. Another case was related to privatization of the building of the Bulgarian cultural center.

Crimean period

With the end of office of the Odesa Regional Council Skoryk went to work to the Council of Ministers of Crimea as a Minister of Finance. Media reported that he employed his former colleagues from with "IMEXBANK" in the Council. At this time Skoryk had a clock Octa Lune "Invenit et Fecit" the cost of which is from 42 to 55 thousand dollars.

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As Minister of Finance, he created the Crimean republican enterprise "Clean City", which required the the bond loan of 400 million. Then the prosecutor's office found that the "Clean City" bought overpriced garbage trucks in Odesa, causing the state losses of $ 350 thousand UAH.

Head of the Odesa Regional Administration

November 8, 2013 Yanukovych has appointed Skoryk the head of the Odesa Regional State Administration. He constructed some concrete fortifications at the entrance to the Odesa Regional State Administration, and sat in a chair governor during slaughter near the walls of administration (February 19, 2014). Then a group of armed men in masks ad with bits brutally beaten Euromaodan protesters that peacefully came to condemn the actions of the regime of Yanukovych. Skoryk showed up to the protesters, but they booed him. After that, about 200 people with stickers "Stop Maidan" and St. George ribbons have beaten the protesters, including journalists.

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After Viktor Yanukovych fled the country, Skoryk left the party. Then he became chairman of the regional committee of the Party of Development Ukraine, which later joined the "Opposition bloc".

He became an MP of VIII convocation, choosing a slogan "I work for the people." Among the initiatives proposed by him, was restoring of economic ties with Russia.

Skoryk was also preparing a forceful seizure of the building of the Odesa Regional Council in March 2014, initially planned by the Kremlin.

Skoryk called suspicions of his involvement in Odesa events of February 19 a political provocation, and said he was ready to defend his honor and dignity in dialogue.

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