The National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) confirmed the detention of Hennady Trukhanov, the Mayor of Odesa and Pavlo Vugelman, the Deputy of Mayor as the press service of the bureau reported.
'The detectives of the NABU and prosecutors of the SAP detained Odesa Mayor and his deputy suspected in the capturing of property through malpractice on February 14', the message said.
The NABU added that the investigation and procedural actions are held with the suspects and the issue of the choosing of the restrictive measure is considered.
The NABU detectives under the guidance of the prosecutors of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office served charges on Trukhanov due to the suspect of the embezzlement through the malpractice. Moreover, three people were detained on the same criminal proceeding.
The NABU began the investigation in November 2016 on the purchase of the former factory 'Krayan', which was overpriced by the city council. According to the bureau, the building was sold for $149,080 in the beginning of 2016 and the Mayor office of Odesa purchased it in September 2016 for $ 6.9 million.
It was planned to transfer all structural departments of the Mayor office that are scattered over Odesa to the plant.
Trukhanov was questioned as the witness in this case by NABU in October 2017. In January 2018, MP of the Odesa City Council and his accomplice were served charges on the attempt of the bribe in the sum $500, 000 to the worker of the NABU to lift the arrest of the assets.