Pechersk district court canceled the decision about closing the investigation into the loss of Crimea to Russia and state treason of Ukrainian top officials in 2014. That case was initiated by the lawyers of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych. Babel reported that, citing the documents of lawyers who participated in the session on August 16.
Yanukovych's lawyers claimed early closure of the case, which they described as illegal. According to them, not all the necessary investigation actions were performed.
The lawyers also said that the case was closed already after the allowable period of pre-trial investigation was over. Eventually, the prosecutor's decree on closing the case was canceled.
The original case was opened in 2019 and closed in 2020. Initially, the prosecutors blamed Arseniy Yatseniuk, Oleksandr Turchynov, Andriy Parubiy and other top-level officials for alleged high treason and power seizure. After the case was closed, the State Bureau of Investigation blamed ex-President Viktor Yanukovych for the loss of Crimea - instead of Oleksandr Turchynov, who served as the Acting President in 2014 when Yanukovych fled the country.