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. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko wrote this on his Facebook page.
"Yesterday we received a permit for a special pre-trial investigation on M. Azarov, who is suspected of embezzlement of liquefied gas for about 77,4 million dollars in complicity with other members of the criminal organization of V. Yanukovych," Lutsenko wrote.
In the near future, the Prosecutor General's Office plans to open the case materials to the defense and send it to the court.
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.
Earlier, the investigation team of Robert Mueller, Special Attorney of FBI revealed more than 300 documents in the case of Paul Manafort. In particular, the documents describe Manafort's cooperation with Ukrainian Party of Regions and Oppositional Bloc. For instance, Paul Manafort describes in detail the performance of Mykola Azarov at the convention of Party of Regions in the message to Political Adviser Tad Devine.
Mykola Azarov, the former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Vitaly Zakharchenko, the former Interior Minister, Viktor Pshonka, the former Prosecutor General and his son, Olena Lukash, the former Justice Minister, Andry Klyuyev, the former Head of the Presidential Administration, Serhy Klyuyev, the MP, Viktor Ratyshniak, the former Deputy Interior Minister, Serhy Arbuzov, the former First Vice Prime Minister, Oleksandr Klymenko, the former Incomes and Levy Minister, Eduard Stavytskym the former Energy Minister, Dmytro Tabachnyk, the former Education Minister, Serhy Kurchenko, the oligarch remained on the list.