KIEV, October 21. / TASS /. The office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine opened a criminal case on the preparation by former President Petro Poroshenko and his associates of coups d'etat in 2013-2014. and in 2020. This was announced on Wednesday by Renat Kuzmin, a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the Opposition Platform – For Life (Opposition Platform – For Life) party.
"I am publishing documents on registration in the ERDR (Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations of Ukraine – TASS note) and the beginning of an investigation into the illegal seizure of state power, large-scale theft and legalization of dirty money by an organized criminal group consisting of: (ex-deputy of the Rada David) Zhvania , Poroshenko, (ex-interim acting president of Ukraine Oleksandr) Turchinov, (ex-prime minister of Ukraine Arseniy) Yatsenyuk, (ex-chairman of the Rada Andriy) Parubiy, (ex-head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavel) Klimkin <...> and other characters of a smaller rank, "Kuzmin wrote on Facebook.
At the same time, he posted copies of the response of the Office of the Prosecutor General to his deputy request with information about the initiation of the case on October 1. In addition, Kuzmin published a copy of an extract from the ERDR, which lists the names of former government officials, as well as the corresponding dates of possible crimes.
In September, Kuzmin said that the Pechersky District Court of Kiev ordered the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Irina Venediktova to initiate a case on the preparation of a coup d'etat by former President Petro Poroshenko in the country on the basis of information provided by ex-MP David Zhvania. In his video message, he argued that, among other things, ex-President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko leads a criminal community that plans to forcefully remove the head of the Ukrainian state, Volodymyr Zelensky, in the fall.
About three weeks ago, one of Poroshenko's lawyers, Ilya Novikov, said that at least 58 criminal cases had been opened against his client. He noted that "in fact, there may be even more." At the same time, Poroshenko's defense considers all these cases to be politically motivated. According to lawyer Igor Golovan, "these dozens of fake criminal cases that have no legal basis continue to be investigated solely with the aim of putting pressure on the opposition." Earlier, lawyers stated that cases were opened against the former head of state under articles of encroachment on the country's territorial integrity, overthrow of the constitutional order, seizure of state power, treason, appropriation of property, financing of terrorism.