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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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The Interior Ministry has announced that it is bringing charges against Serhii Bochkovskyi, former head of the State Service for Emergency Situations, and his former deputy, Vasyl Stoietskyi.

Censor.NET reports:

The ministry reported that its Main Investigation Directorate has completed the pre-trial investigation of criminal proceedings into Bochkovskyi and Stoietskyi suspected of abuse of office, extortion of bribes and a land plot from subordinated heads of departments, as well as forging of the official documents.

"The indictment of Serhii Bochkovskyi and Vasyl Stoietskyi suspected of committing the mentioned criminal offenses has been submitted to the court Nov. 2," the report reads.

Both men were arrested during a public meeting on March 25 and charged with embezzlement:

However only two days later, it was revealed that both were being released due to insufficient evidence. The two paid 1.82 million hryvnia bail and were released on March 28.

The two officials had allegedly purchased fuel from two firms without accepting tenders from other suppliers. 15% of the money for the fuel purchases was then, the investigator said, passed on to accounts outside Ukraine, and from those accounts, back to the State Emergency Serivce managers, making use of an offshore firm in Jersey and accounts at the Bank of Cyprus.

Censor.NET reports that the more severe charges announced today are being processed separately to the prior charges of embezzlement and money laundering. 

-- Pierre Vaux