Prosecutors request that the suspect be taken into custody until July 10.Photo from UNIAN
Kyiv’s Pechersk District Court Judge Viacheslav Pidpaly has overruled the motion filed by Viktor Medvedchuk’s defense to release their client, MP with the Opposition Platform – For Life Party, on recognizance.
Medvedchuk, who is believed to be Vladimir Putin’s main political operative in Ukraine, is suspected of high treason and violation of laws and customs of war, an UNIAN correspondent reports.
At the same time, the prosecution requests that the court take Medvedchuk into custody for the period until July 10.
Prosecutors also suggest that the bail be set at over UAH 300 million, which is more than $10 million.
Medvedchuk’s detention: Background
- On May 11, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said she had signed off charges of high treason and attempted plunder of national resources in Russian-occupied Crimea, targeting MPs from the Opposition Platform – For Life Party Viktor Medvedchuk and Taras Kozak, under Articles 111 (treason) and 438 (violation of the laws and customs of war) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/medvedchuk-case-suspect-not-to-be-released-on-recognizance-court-says-11419129.html
Medvedchuk is whining, saying he can’t finance bail, because of the sanctions placed on him. Ukraine don’t have the power to sanction his rubles in a Belarus bank, so I’m thinking he will need to make a withdrawal soon.
According to Schem journalists, the Medvedchuk family’s cash assets doubled in 2020 compared to 2019, and most of the savings are kept in Russian rubles in a Belarusian bank.