On Feb. 19, a statement of the Prosecutor General was submitted to the Ukrainian Parliament, asking for the Parliament’s consent to prosecute, detain, and arrest MP from Opposition Bloc Yevhen Bakulin on suspicion of embezzlement, as Speaker of the Parliament Andriy Parubiy wrote on Facebook.
According to Parubiy, the documents have been handed over to the regulation committee.
As it was reported earlier, on Feb. 2, 2018, Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko informed that he would address the Parliament asking for lifting Bakulin’s immunity. He noted that Bakulin is an incumbent MP but hasn’t been in Ukraine for a while.
He also said that the official is to be prosecuted for creating a criminal group and embezzling the state funds. This is to do with the “Boyko’s rigs” case - procuring two drilling rigs of Chornomornaftogaz in 2011-2012 at an overstated price. At the time, Bakulin was the CEO of Naftogaz.
According to Lutsenko, the cost of the two drilling rigs was overvalued by $409 million. Due to the scandal, a fraction of the money was spent on other equipment for the rigs in order to create the façade of a fair price.
“In fact, they managed to embezzle $144 million, as proved by the materials of the investigation and the findings of the examination,” Lutsenko concluded.