In relation to the former people’s deputy from Kharkov, the fugitive Dmitry Svyatash, whom Russia saw as its “Gauleiter” after the capture of the city, criminal proceedings were opened under the article “high treason”.
This was announced during session Prosecutor of the Kharkiv Regional Council Oleksandr Filchakov, answering questions from MP Roman Semenukha, Ukrinform reports.
“I understand who you are talking about, now SBU investigators are conducting a pre-trial investigation against this person under Art. 111 (high treason). The Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office exercises procedural guidance in this criminal proceeding. I think that in the near future we will make a legal decision,” Filchakov said.
The father of Dmitry Svyatash, Vladimir Svyatash, was not present at the online session. According to Semenukha, the Svyatashi are in Russia.
The prosecutor of the region noted that the duty of the law enforcement system is to bring traitors to justice. Filchakov noted that in the Kharkiv region, about 60 suspicions have been announced under the article “high treason” since February 24.
As reported, on October 8, 2019, the Metropolitan Prosecutor’s Office announced suspicion to Dmitriy Svyatash about the misappropriation of UAH 1.1 billion of funds from the bank JSC “UkrSibbank”.
Criminal proceedings were included in the ERDR back in October 2013 under Part 4 of Art. 190, part 5 of Art. 27 h. 4 tbsp. 190, part 1 of Art. 205, part 1, 2, 3 of Art. 358 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (seizure by deception of funds on an especially large scale, fictitious business, forgery of documents and their use). It was about fictitious loans provided to firms from the people’s deputy’s corporation.
In 2020, it was reported that Svyatash received Russian citizenship with his family.
By words ex-journalist, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Mustafa Nayem, namely Dmitry Svyatash, a confidant of Viktor Yanukovych during the 2004 elections, the Russian occupiers planned to appoint Kharkiv’s Gauleiter. According to Nayem, Svyatash was waiting for the capture of the city in Belgorod, from where he “called up his comrades and accomplices and offered them positions in his future administration.”