On September 18, Shevchenkivskiy District Court of Kyiv allowed holding a special (extramural) pre-trial investigation of the criminal proceeding against Vladimir Zhirinovsky, MP of Russian State Duma and two other Russian parliamentarians. The press office of the Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine reported this on Friday.
Zhirinovsky and his associates are suspected of the creating of an organized group (jointly with the MPs of State Duma, including LDPR members) in Moscow in March-April 2014, which aimed at the financial assistance to the militants of so-called “DNR” and “LNR”. In particular, two Russian MPs publically called to raise funds for the militants and concluded an agreement on the material security of the separatists. Later, the group supplied six vehicles manufactured by Russia to the division of dead militant "Givi", they were used against Ukrainian military during the hostilities in the area of Donetsk Airport.
Based on these facts, the Prosecutor General’s office compiled and announced the suspicion of financial terrorism to Zhirinovsky and two colleagues of him from the State Duma. They face 10-12 years in prison with the confiscation of property for the committed crimes.
The Prosecutor General’s office recalled that Zhirinovsky and two other suspects are under sanctions of the EU, Canada, Australia, and Switzerland. Ukraine introduced individual sanctions against them by the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
As we reported earlier, yet on July 25, 2014, Ukrainian MIA initiated an investigation against Zhirinovsky on suspicion of financing the terrorism in the east of Ukraine. Later, it was known that the MIA called him for an interrogation. In his turn, Zhirinovsky claimed that he was ready to arrive in Kyiv for the questioning but the occasion for that is unclear for him.
Zhirinovsky has repeatedly expressed extremely anti-Ukrainian attitude, and actively supports the Russian aggression in Donbas and the annexation of Crimea.