"I do not consider myself guilty and not going to justify myself to anyone. I have not stolen anything. No court found me guilty of committing any crime. Even the failed Kyiv regime has not come up with anything against me for three years. So on the basis of which law or rule things are being removed from the apartment, which I do not own, but the things there may or may not be mine? There is no reason why I would give up personal things that belong to me and I'll seek their return through the court,” he said.
At the same time, Azarov stressed that he could not confirm the ownership of some of the featured items. "After watching the pictures, I cannot confirm or deny the ownership of all the things that have been shown. For example, the “Portrait of a Girl", attributed to V. Tropinin, which Avakov told about on Facebook with fanfare, I saw it for the first time in my life, and I have never had it,” he wrote.
It is noteworthy that Azarov also received prizes and rewards from Russian Federation when the Revolution of Dignity took place.
At the same time, Azarov confirmed that he collected books indeed, and there was a large library of about 5 thousand volumes at his house, about two dozen of which were old history books.
As it was reported earlier, the court arrested the valuable property previously owned by Mykola Azarov, the fugitive ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine who fled the country during the Revolution of Dignity in early 2014. According to preliminary information, the cost of discovery amounts to several million dollars. In addition, Vadym Troyan, the Acting Head of the National Police reported that the court seized property of Azarov found in the apartment.