Viktor Medvedev has outlined a plan of alleged corruption by former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has released a video in which imprisoned Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Medvedev testifies against former President Petro Poroshenko, accusing him of privatizing an energy pipeline while in office and running a business in Donetsk and Lugansk.
Medvedevchuk, a lawmaker and leader of Ukraine’s second-largest party, the opposition platform – for life, was detained by the SBU on April 12 on charges of treason because his party, along with all opposition parties in Ukraine, was banned. To engage in “cooperation with Russia” and “anti-Ukrainian” activities by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, as opposed to Kiev’s policy on Western integration.
In a video released by SBU on Monday, Medvedchuk said that Poroshenko had personally asked him to set up a backchannel to the Russian leadership, which was necessary to pressure decisions through various institutions and agencies to privatize the Ukrainian part of Samara. – Westward fuel pipeline, which extends from Russia and Belarus to Ukraine and west to EU. At one point it was called the ‘Medvedchuk Pipeline’.
“At the request of Poroshenko, I started working on the pipeline. If someone said it was ‘Poroshenko’s pipeline’, it would be more appropriate. And it’s not because I want to justify myself now. In 2016, then-President Poroshenko returned to me with a request, asking for help in purchasing the pipeline or its owner, Prikarpatzapadtrans, considering my communication and relations with the leadership of the Russian Federation. Medvedchuk says.
He explained that a number of steps would have to be taken to privatize the pipeline and turn it into Poroshenko’s property.
“Courts, prosecutors, antitrust committees, state property funds – all have ruled in favor of President Poroshenko’s personal interests.” The opposition leader said the deal cost the former president 23 23 million, which he paid through a fictitious deal, but its owners made twice as much money a year, as much as 42 million.
The pipeline is actually a piece of evidence that belongs to Poroshenko.
Medvedchuk also told SBU that between 2014 and 2015, all of Ukraine’s top leaders were involved in a plan to supply coal purchased from the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR) to Ukraine, which the Kiev authorities did. Consideration is now given to treason, state fraud and financing of terrorism.
“The entire senior leadership of the state was involved in this (scheme): from the President and the Cabinet Minister to the law enforcement and the people, who were directly involved in making it all work.” Arrested MP said.
According to SBU, Medvedchuk provided all the names of senior officials involved in the scheme and the list includes former bureaucrats, central bankers, MPs and law enforcement officials.
Poroshenko’s lawyers responded to the allegations by saying that Medvedchuk’s testimony did not match reality and accused SBU of being involved in public relations.
“In our opinion, in general, what SBU does is exclusively PR. First, it is not their business, it should be done by SBI (State Bureau of Investigation). And what SBU is reporting confirms that there is nothing to do with the truth or the law. “ Poroshenko’s attorney insisted.
Authorities in Kiev filed a sedition case against Poroshenko in December 2021, accusing him of illegally buying coal from Donbass and thus financing terrorism. After leaving the country earlier, the former president returned to Ukraine in January to face charges of sedition, which he claimed were politically motivated, and Zelensky accused them of using them to divert the country from the failed policies of his administration.
Russia invaded the neighboring country in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the first Minsk agreement, signed in 2014, and the final recognition of the Donetsk republics of Moscow, Donetsk and Lugansk. The German- and French-brokered Minsk protocol was designed to give special status to isolated territories within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral state that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv has insisted that the Russian invasion was completely unpleasant and has denied claims that they are planning to forcibly retake the two republics.
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