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“Do-not-prosecute” list passed to Prosecutor General by U.S. Ambassador becomes public

MP Serhy Melnychuk published the list of people, who should not be prosecuted in Ukraine, according to the request of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch; the U.S. Embassy denies that any list of such kind was ever created or passed to Ukraine
18:11, 29 March 2019

Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
U.S. Embassy in Ukraine

The list of the names of the Ukrainian politicians and public figures, which was passed to Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yury Lutsenko by U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, was published by MP Serhiy Melnychuk on Facebook.

“Do-not-prosecute” list
Serhy Melnychuk Facebook

There are 13 names in the list: MPs Serhiy Leshchenko, Mustafa Nayem, Svitlana Zalishchuk, Serhiy Berezenko, Serhiy Pashynsky; ex-Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk; ex-Head of the National Bank of Ukraine Valeriya Hontareva; ex-First Deputy of the National Security and Defense Council Oleg Hladkovsky; judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine Makar Pasenyuk; candidate for presidency Anatoly Hrytsenko; singer Svyatoslav Vakarchuk; journalist Dmytro Hordon and ex-Head of the Presidential Administration Borys Lozhkin.

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Almost all of these people from the list were involved in various sort of scandals during the last five years. Particularly, Oleg Hladkovsky was recently dismissed from his post due to the corruption scandal in the defense sphere. Serhiy Leshchenko became known for the purchase of the flat for $275,253 and the number of information attacks at well-known politicians and businessmen. Serhy Pashynsky was tied to the hostile takeover of a confectionary factory in Zhytomyr.

Earlier, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko stated that U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch passed him a do not prosecute list. Lutsenko’s Press Secretary Larysa Sarhan in a commentary for BBC Ukraine specified that this list contained names of the Ukrainian MPs.

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In its turn, the U.S. Department of State stated that the words of Lutsenko are not true and aims to tarnish the reputation of Ambassador Yovanovitch. Thus, there are certain concerns that the actual list might be fake. 

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