The Special Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine suspects former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov and his son and ex-MP Oleksiy Azarov in bribery, as the department reported on Facebook.
The pretrial investigation is held upon the articles on the obtaining unlawful benefit in especially large scale (illicit enrichment), bribery, accomplice to the crime, and money laundering.
"As we established enough evidence for the suspicion of these persons, on October 2, 2018, in accordance with the requirements of the Procedural Code of Ukraine, former Prime Minister of Ukraine and his son, the ex-MP of Ukraine were noted about suspicion of taking a more than $4,9 million bribe in the sum of in 2010 which is the especially large scale and assistance in its taking for the fulfillment of the actions in the interests of another person, actions with the abuse of power for the appointment of the person to the post of the First Vice Prime Minister, in other words, in the commitment of the crimes upon the articles illicit enrichment and taking of bribe," the message said.
The pretrial investigation continues.
On March 11, 2010, Andriy Klyuev was appointed as the First Vice Prime Minister in the government of Azarov.
Earlier the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine received permission for a pre-trial investigation of the former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on suspicion of seizing LNG (liquefied natural gas) for 77,4 million dollars.
As it was previously reported, in January 2018, the Prosecutor General's Office announced suspicion to the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov and ex-head of the National Bank Serhiy Arbuzov. In particular, the ex-PM is suspected of illegal embezzlement of particularly large volumes of liquefied gas extracted by PJSC Ukrhazvydobuvannya and PJSC Ukrnafta. It is noted that this caused damage to the state in the amount of 77,4 million dollars.