Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova signed a notice of suspicion of high treason and attempted plunder of national resources in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian Crimea to two People's Deputies.
"I inform the society that today I affixed my signature on the notices of suspicion to two People's Deputies of the Ukrainian parliament—M and K," she wrote on her Facebook page. We are talking about MPs Viktor Medvedchuk and Taras Kozak [ed.—].
Meanwhile, the Security Service of Ukraine came to search the house where Medvedchuk's family lives. As ZN.ua writes, referring to its sources in law enforcement agencies, searches are carried out on Montazhnykiv Street, where the family lives, while major repairs are underway in the main building in Pushcha-Vodytsia. Oleksiy Honcharenko, People's Deputy from the European Solidarity, reported in his Telegram channel that the searches are related to the case of gas production in Crimea.
«According to the results of the searches, the whereabouts of People's Deputy M have not been established, and therefore the SSU is taking appropriate measures to establish it and serve him a request for detention.»
Prosecutor General of Ukraine
She also added that "to consider Crimea as a part of another state, to facilitate and directly participate in the transfer of valuable documents related to the Ukrainian subsoil worth 38 billion UAH, to become the legal successor of Ukrainian property that rightfully belongs to the citizens of Ukraine; disclosing information containing state secrets and creating an army of information clowns and puppeteering them in their own anti-Ukrainian interests is prohibited."
Earlier, the National Bureau of Investigation also opened criminal proceedings against the People's Deputies. Medvedchuk and Kozak are accused of criminal offenses under Part 1 of Art. 110 (encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine) and Part 1 of Art. 111 (treason) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, according to the response of the Office of the Prosecutor General to Honcharenko's application. The first charge is punishable by three to five years' imprisonment with or without property confiscation, and the second is punishable by twelve to fifteen years' imprisonment, with or without property confiscation.
Context. In early February, the NSDC decided to impose sanctions against Kozak and Medvedchuk's TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK for a period of five years. The head of state put this decision into effect. Later, the NSDC also imposed sanctions against airlines—the Moldovan JET4U SRL and the Portuguese JET4U LDA. They own the planes on which Medvedchuk and Kozak flew to Russia.