Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv has chosen a preventive measure for Igor Guzhva, editor-in-chief of the Strana.ua Internet portal, in the form of custody with the possibility to be released on 544 thousand UAH bail, the 112 Ukraine channel reports.
According to the spokesman of the prosecutor's office, Nadiya Maksimets, the office is not glad with this decision, since it requested a bail of 3 million UAH, but it is not yet known whether the prosecutor's office will demand a review of the amount of the bail.
Maksimets clarified that court also imposed additional obligations against Guzhva. In particular, he must hand in documents if traveling abroad, appear at the first request of the investigation, etc.
Interestingly, the lawyer of Guzhva, Olena Lukash, noted that the bail will be paid and in the near future Igor Guzhva will be released.
"We will pay the money and Igor Guzhva will be released in the very near future, and we will inform about the remaining procedural actions a little later," she said.
Guzhva himself said that he would challenge the decision on the measure of restraint.
Earlier Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko explained that Guzhva is charged with extortion and bribery, as he was caught in flagranti while getting his hand on almost USD 38,500. Lutsenko said that there is photo and video evidence of Guzhva getting the bribe – as a reward for not publishing a story about an active Ukrainian politician whose name remains unrevealed.