Ukrainian ex-president Yanukovych suspected of misappropriating hunting areas
MOSCOW, July 1 (RAPSI) – Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office suspects former President Viktor Yanukovych and several other officials of misappropriating the Sukholuchcha hunting area near Kiev, the office’s press service announced on Wednesday.
The other officials who allegedly abused office to take state property are Vira Ulianchenko, former head of the Kiev Region administration, Mykola Gordiychuk, director of the Dniprovsko-Teterivske state forest hunting grounds, and Myhailo Kolomiyets, an aide to the Ukrainian prime minister in 2007.
Prosecutors say the issue concerns the Sukholuchcha part of the Dniprovsko-Teterivske state forest hunting grounds in the Vyshhorod District of the Kiev Region. The Sukholuchcha hunting grounds cover 17.5 hectares (175,000 sq m) and have an estimated value of 22 million hryvnias (over $1 million).
Yanukovych left Ukraine after a coup in February 2014. Later that month, the Ukrainian parliament ruled that the former president’s Mezhyhirya residence be nationalized. Yanukovych claimed he bought Mezhyhirya for $3.2 million.
The Economic Court of the Kiev Region ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by the Prosecutor Generals’ Office to nationalize the ex-president’s residence.