Law enforcement agencies carried out searches in the Odessa regional state administration, reported by “UKRINFORM”, the Deputy head of administration Salome Bobrovskaya. “A group of soldiers in balaclavas broke into the administrative building, stating “works of the SBU”, and did not provide paramilitary security guards in RSA no documents. Penetrated in three of the office of the Department of Protocol and is now held in the premises of the three civil servants,” said she.
As specifies the edition “Duma” referring to sources in law enforcement bodies, searches are in the office Teimuraz Nishnianidze, the adviser of the Governor of Odessa Mikhail Saakashvili. Security forces, according to “Duma”, also came to his home and the place of registration of the Fund For the benefit of Odessa”, which he heads.
Information about the searches Nishnianidze confirmed on the website of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine. The searches are part of the criminal case on the fact of illegal operations on VAT refunds by the officials of the Consulate General of Georgia in Ukraine in 2012-2013. The Consulate was previously head of it Nishnianidze. “By results of the conducted searches, seized draft documentation, indicating the possible Commission of illegal financial operations”, — explained in Department.
At the same time Bobrovskaya argues that information about the searches in the office of the Advisor to Saakashvili is not true. “Because Nishnianidze not a civil servant or work in RSA, a surprise visit from people who identified themselves as law enforcement, makes us wonder” she explained.
In place of investigative actions is by Saakashvili himself. The journalist of TV channel “inter” Roman Baccala in your Facebook published a video in which the Odessa Governor claims that he talked to Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko. “I talked now with the attorney General. I demanded that he immediately withdraw this trash away,” he said.
Outrage Saakashvili also was the fact that in areas where searches are carried out, locked the staff of the administration. Saakashvili noted that “had to” hack this door. The searches themselves it is called “pure political provocation” ordered “the insignificance of the General Prosecutor’s office”.
According to “Duma”, the searches are conducted across multiple industries. In the case of VAT refunds, the newspaper writes, they say that diplomats got almost 20 million hryvnias for allegedly bought in shops of Kiev belongings and clothes. In this regard, the investigators also came to the State fiscal service, the shops of Prada and Louis Vuitton.
The Prosecutor’s office and interested in the activities of the Fund For the benefit of Odessa”. “Duma” says that he “accumulates the money of a number of large businessmen of Odessa”. At the same time, at his expense, according to the newspaper, “purchased expensive cars, paid for the election campaign of Sasha Borovik (ally Saakashvili, put forward in mayors of Odessa. — ), foreign travel of the Governor, forums in regional centres of Ukraine”. The Prosecutor’s office, said “the Duma” says that corruption.