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Court arrests valuables found in former Ukrainian PM’s apartment
21:50, 8 December 2016
Court arrests valuables found in former Ukrainian PM’s apartment

Ex-Premier Mykola Azarov possessed weapons, 19th century’s rare paintings and the Gospel printed in 1791, - Acting Head of Ukraine’s National Police

21:50, 8 December 2016

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The court arrested the valuable property previously owned by Mykola Azarov, the fugitive ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine who fled the country during the Revolution of Dignity in early 2014. Vadym Troyan, the Acting Head of the National Police, said this during the briefing on Thursday.

‘I reckon this will become a nice piece of evidence for the Prosecutor’s Office to add it to the case (against Azarov)’, he said.

Among the seized things, there were pictures painted by famous Russian artists of the 19th century, a Gospel printed in Moscow in 1791, several pistols, shotguns and bladed weapons. The police says Azarov also kept there decorations and diplomas that he received from the Russian leaders in late 2013-early 2014. ‘We got a word that some valuable stuff was piled up in that apartment during the Revolution of Dignity. We failed to find any evidence that would confirm that the place belonged to someone else than Azarov’, Troyan said.

He added that Azarov’s apartment is long abandoned; no one has ever been there since early 2014. The policemen received the order to search the place from the court, and found there the things mentioned above. The total worth of the discovered goods amounts to several millions of U.S. dollars.         

Mykola Azarov, Ukraine’s Prime Minister during the rule of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, has served in this office in 2010-2014. He fled the country as the antigovernment protests in Kyiv started to take over the law enforcers in February 2014. Azarov is wanted by the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine, as the suspect in abuse of power and involvement in crimes against Euromaidan protesters in late 2013-early 2014.

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