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Neutralizing such people as Medvedchuk was part of preparations for the war with russia – Danilov

22.08.2022, 17:35
Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

The sanctions imposed on Viktor Medvedchuk by the National Security and Defense Council before russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine were part of the preparations for war.

Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, said this in an interview with Babel, Ukrinform reports.

"As for Viktor Medvedchuk, sanctions have been imposed on him even before the full-scale invasion... No wonder. You should understand that this was the preparation for the war: to neutralize such people as Medvedchuk, and not only him," he said.

Danilov added that at the same time, it is now impossible to go to court regarding the confiscation of Medvedchuk's assets, because the sanctions were imposed before the war. The problem arose due to the fact that, after the start of russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the people's deputies adopted a new law on the confiscation of assets of persons with ties to the russian federation.

"We have the 2015 law on sanctions, and now other laws are being developed, and deputies are addressing these issues. Malyuska said everything correctly. Because after the war began, deputies have passed another law, and now assets cannot be confiscated under the previous law. Thus, we need to calmly figure it out," said the NSDC Secretary.

As for other Ukrainian oligarchs, namely the 86 people mentioned earlier, Danilov noted that there is a war going on right now, and therefore it is impossible to say who will remain among the oligarchs after the war and what the state of their fortunes will be.

As reported by IMI, on August 3, the Lychakiv District Court of Lviv extended the term of detention without determining the amount of bail for People's Deputy Viktor Medvedchuk, who is suspected of treason and looting of national values.

On June 2, the SBI completed the pre-trial investigation in the criminal proceedings on suspicion of Viktor Medvedchuk, a people's deputy from the "Opposition Platform – For Life" political party, in treason (Article 111) and violation of the laws and customs of war (Article 438) of the Criminal Code. He faces imprisonment for up to 15 years with or without confiscation of property.

The SBU detained Medvedchuk on April 12. On April 16, the Lychakiv District Court of Lviv chose detention as a measure of restraint for Viktor Medvedchuk.

Medvedchuk had been under house arrest, but before the start of the full-scale invasion he disappeared and was in hiding. According to UP, law enforcers had intelligence that the suspect had left his estate around February 24, turned off his phones and had not been in touch since.

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