Journalist Savik Shuster is involved in the case about evading taxes, State Fiscal Service reported on Wednesday.
The agency said that “in 2008, Shuster got a loan worth of 1.3 million Euros and didn’t return the debt on time. Besides, he didn’t provide his declaration of incomes and evaded taxes on the sum of about 70 thousand US dollars, which is considered particularly large sum in the Ukrainian law”. The Service now plans to check if Shuster fully paid taxes from the unreturned loan.
According to the governmental agency, Savik Shuster was summoned to prosecutor’s office to testify in the case three times, so he apparently knew the case was actually opened.
As 112 International reported, the Social Ministry canceled Shuster's work permit. The reporter treated this as an assault of freedom of speech and media freedom and announced hunger strike, demanding to get him his work back.
Savik Shuster has been working in Ukraine since 2005. He has been a host of his own talk shows “Svoboda Slova” (“Freedom of Speech”), “Svoboda Savika Shustera” (“Freedom of Savik Shuster”) and “Shuster LIVE” on a number of Ukrainian TV channels.