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Ex-deputy premier: legislation rudely violated in detention of Naftogaz chief executive

March 23, 2014, 13:28 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, March 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Former Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Boiko believes that Chairman of Ukrainian national joint stock company Naftogaz Ukrainy board Yevgeny Bakulin was detained with rude violation of the country’s legislation. Boiko has made a statement live on Public TV on Sunday.

“The detention was made when Ukraine signed political part of the Agreement on Association with the European Union under which the country committed to observe strictly the political association deal...Meanwhile, yesterday armed police came to Naftogaz Ukrainy head office, detained the chief executive with violation of all these laws, his lawyer even called 102 that unidentified people took him away,” the former deputy prime minister noted.

“If our law enforcement agencies had protected order in Kiev this way, when armed gangs are acting around the capital, I believe that this would have been much more useful. A person can be questioned according to effective legislation and under a new law on prosecutor’s office and police,” Boiko noted.

On March 21, within investigation of corruption schemes in gas industry the police have detained Chairman of Naftogaz Ukrainy Board Yevgeny Bakulin. Damages to state authorities are estimated at around four billion dollars, Arsen Avakov, the country’s Interior Minister appointed by country’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, said.

Court ruled to release Bakulin on a bail of 1.5 billion hryvnas (147.1 million dollars according to current hryvna exchange rate per U.S. dollar of the National Bank of Ukraine).

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