Zelensky requires firing of Zhytomyr law enforcers heads for corruption in amber-mining

Source : 112 Ukraine

The president believes that these people are guilty of the non-investigation of the illegal production of amber
17:18, 12 August 2019

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that he will ask Interior Minister Arsen Avakov to dismiss the heads of the police and head of Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in Zhytomyr region as 112 Ukraine reported.

“…I believe these people, they know it about themselves; they are listening to us now; the best variant is that they pack their backs and change the address of their living, change the country of their living; it will be the softest variant for them. Concerning the issue, I would like to ask you, the National Police, the SBU, and others are in this scheme. I understand that we are now if we talk about Zhytomyr region, then it is Olevsky and Ovrutsky district, right? The leaders of the district departments of the police, I ask you to dismiss them,” the president said.

The issue is about Head of Zhytomyr regional police Vyacheslav Pechenenko and heads of two district departments.

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Thus, during the meeting, the president listened to the report of Pechenenko on the results of the fight against the illegal amber production in the region and then offered him to resign.

“I do not believe you, sorry, please, I will talk with the head; I also recommend you to leave your post. I will talk to Mr. Avakov, now with Mr. Kniazev; if it is possible, I do not believe you because, in four years, you told, you stopped, and we have the economic conclusions why it stopped, who stopped, they know that we are coming so they stopped…In other words, I may offer you it, possibly you are a normal person and possibly you were not involved in the scheme but you can do nothing with the amber pirates in Zhytomyr region,” the president said to Pechenenko.

Moreover, Zelensky stated about the intention to change the SBU Head in Zhytomyr region: “I would like you, Mr. Ivan G. Bakanov (acting SBU Head, - to consider another candidate”.

Related: Amber fever swept Ukraine's northwest away

As we reported the Security Service of Ukraine seized over 200 kg of amber in Zakarpattia region. The resident of Volyn region brought the amber to Zakarpattia in bags in the back seat of the car. 

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