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Kharkiv council deputy flees to Russia after suspicion in schemes for $14 million

The prosecutor's office sent documents to Interpol to announce a suspect in an international search
16:02, 26 September 2018

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A deputy of Kharkiv Regional Council fled to Russia after he was announced suspected in a so-called “cooperative schemes” on land. The press service of the Kharkiv region prosecutor's office reported this.

According to the investigation, a 50-years old deputy became one of the co-founders of the service cooperative, the statute of which had false information about the purpose of its creation.

The service cooperative “on paper” had to “provide with the housing (housing construction) the members of the cooperative.” In fact, the land, which was received by the members of the cooperative completely free of charge from the Kharkiv City Council, was divided into plots of 0,2 hectares and sold for private construction," the prosecutor's office said.

The community has lost over 14 million dollars because of this land scheme.

It is noted that after the announcement of suspicion, the figurant of the criminal proceedings has run off to the Russian Federation. The prosecutor's office sent documents to Interpol to announce a suspect in an international search.

Related: Ukraine's main anti-corruption bodies are at loggerheads with each other

The pre-trial investigation concerning the misappropriation in collusion with a group of people through power abuse and money laundering continues.

As it was reported earlier, the Prosecutor General's Office and the Security Service detained ex-Deputy Chairman of the Board Ukrgasvydobuvannya Oleksiy Tamrazov for the attempt to bribe the prosecutor with 200,000 dollars. 

Ukraine loses up to $4,8 billion a year because of the corruption at customs, as Süddeutsche Zeitung reported referring to its own journalistic investigation conducted in Kyiv and Odesa. The news agency refers to the documents received into its possession. Allegedly, it comprises information on thousands of cargos which cross the Ukrainian border. The data allows tracking their way.

Related: Ukraine's security service to investigate conflict of anti-corruption bodies

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