“Only 23 kilometers or 11 minutes by train separates Strasbourg from the small commune of La Wantzenau, where French real estate of 43-year-old Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka is located. The house of 145 m2 was purchased a little over three years ago, and its owner is 40-year-old Olesia Bartovshchuk, the wife of the official,” the source said.
According to the source, the family house of a Ukrainian official does not stand out among others in La Wantzenau. It is located behind a low fence and painted in pale yellow. According to a declaration of Ruslan Ryaboshapka for 2018 published on the website of the National Anti-Corruption Agency (NACP), - the building is located on a plot of land over 400 m2. The house has two floors, there is a garage and the territory is well maintained. Several coniferous trees grow at the entrance, and the yard is behind the mansion.
“Nothing bad was said about “Madame Olesia” and nothing good too. People did not know that she was the wife of one of the key officials in Ukraine. The family Ukraine’s Prosecutor General did not choose this house randomly. Olesia Bartovshchuk works in Strasbourg, in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Prior to moving to France, she worked at the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and was Head of the Civil and Economic Procedure Department at the National Bureau for Compliance with the Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Such profile allowed her to continue her career in the ECHR,” the statement said.
The source claims that in December 2016, Ryaboshapka's wife purchased the house for 12.392 million, UAH, which at that time was € 444,000 at the euro exchange rate. That is almost half a million euros.
About two weeks ago, the Prosecutor General, on the sidelines of parliament told Ukrinform reporters that he had taken a loan to buy real estate: “We have not yet been able to pay such a large amount. This situation gets manipulated because we still own around 400,000 euros by this loan. And we continue to pay it off monthly. The loan is not closed.”