The deputy said that he was engaged in the privatization of the Samara-Western Direction oil pipeline at the request of Poroshenko. He, according to the deputy, participated in the mechanism for the purchase of coal in the DPR and LPR – Medvedchuk himself is accused in this case
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) published a video on in which Verkhovna Rada deputy Viktor Medvedchuk tells details about the withdrawal of the Samara oil pipeline from state ownership; Western Direction. In particular, the MP points to the role of ex-president Petro Poroshenko in this scheme.
“I began to study the pipe at the request of Poroshenko, — said Medvedchuk.— <…> In 2016, then President Poroshenko asked me, taking into account my contacts and attitude towards me among the leadership of the Russian Federation, about the purchase of a pipe, or Prykarpatzapadtrans, which owned this pipe for the supply of diesel to Ukraine and Europe. Medvedchuk claims he was asked to “talk to the President of the Russian Federation” Vladimir Putin and agree on the sale of Transneft pipes, “in order to be able to buy this pipe, as it turned out later, by Mr. Poroshenko.”
According to Medvedchuk, for this it was necessary to take a number of actions, the courts, the prosecutor's office, the Antimonopoly Committee, the State Property Fund took part in this. “All of them made decisions, of course, necessary for the personal interests of President Poroshenko,” — Medvedchuk said.
The SBU also reports in its Telegram channel that the deputy provided details on the mechanism for purchasing coal for Ukraine on the territory of the DPR and LPR. According to Medvedchuk, “virtually the entire top of the state apparatus”, including the president, was detained in this scheme.
Poroshenko's lawyer Igor Golovan called Medvedchuk's testimony a PR campaign, Ukrinform reports.
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The special service detained Medvedchuk, who escaped from house arrest, in April. He asked to exchange him “for the defenders of Mariupol and residents” cities. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov on May 23, in response to a question about the possibility of such an exchange, said that Medvedchuk— a citizen of Ukraine and is not a military man.
In Ukraine, the politician has been charged with several criminal cases, including treason (punishment up to life imprisonment). One of the cases that Medvedchuk is involved in, — about a conspiracy against Ukraine to undermine its energy security. According to the SBU, he helped disrupt coal supplies to Ukraine from abroad in favor of raw materials from Donbass. In this case, Poroshenko was charged with high treason.
Against Prykarpatzapadtrans LLC in February last year, sanctions were imposed by the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), under which Medvedchuk also fell: the deputy is associated with businessman Anatoly Shefer, one of the owners of the oil pipeline after its privatization. Then the pipeline was returned to state ownership.
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