Lawyer of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych and his security guard Oleksandr Babikov occupied the position of Deputy Director of the State Investigation Bureau (SIB). He will deal with the investigation of the shootings of the Heavenly Hundred as Apostroph reported.
Oleksandr Babikov worked at Aver Lex law firm, which is known for defense of Viktor Yanukovych.
He will deal with the investigation of the shootings of the Heavenly Hundred. Yevhenia Zakrevska, the lawyer of the families of deceased activists was the first to report it.
“Babikov is the lawyer of Yanukovych in Maidan cases. And Kobzar, his lawyer. And now he is the Deputy SIB Director, the body, which will investigate these cases,” Zakrevska wrote.
“He is still in the status of a lawyer but he requests different cases from the SIB investigators and demands the reports on them,” the journalists wrote.
The appointment is not announced officially; however, he gets to know subordinates and gets on the record. Moreover, according to mass media, he passed the interview with President Zelensky.
It is known that Babikov is the graduate of Kharkiv Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University. Before Maidan he headed Supervision over Bodies Department at Kharkiv regional prosecutor’s office. He worked on the fight against organized crime and corruption. In 2012, Babikov stated that Interpol put Arsen Avakov on the wanted list. As a lawyer, he defended the security guard of Viktor Yanukovych, Dmytro Ivantsov.
MP from Holos Oleksandra Ystynova stated that the SIB announced the competition for the posts of the deputies of the SIB director with the violation of the legislation. On December 29, the SIB website published the announcement. The candidates had five days to file the document from December 30 until January 3, in fact, only two working days, while the documents should be filed to the competition commission. Only those people who knew about the competition before would be able to participate in it.
As we reported, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed Roman Truba from the post of the Director of the State Investigation Bureau (SIB). Iryna Venediktova became the Acting Director of the State Investigation Bureau.