The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) served the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with the notice of charges in case of the so-called "coal treason". People's Deputy Viktor Medvedchuk (Opposition Platform—For Life), businessman Serhiy Kuziara, and ex-Minister of Energy Demchyshyn are also named in this case. This was reported by the former head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, politician Oleksandr Turchynov at an emergency press conference.
Earlier, the SBI investigators tried to serve Poroshenko with the notice of charges to all home and work addresses where he is registered. There was also an attempt to hand the document to him personally, but he fled from the investigators. Turchynov noted that Poroshenko would return to Ukraine after the planned international meetings and a short vacation.
He also stressed that the notice of charges had been signed by Oleksiy Symonenko, Iryna Venediktova's (Prosecutor General) Deputy.
Context. The investigation suspects that in December 2014 the former Minister of Energy Demchyshyn, precisely by order of the state’s senior political leadership, concluded agreements on the supply of coal from territories controlled by the terrorists.
Two coal mining enterprises were chosen on the occupied territory—SE Kselyov Coal Mine and the SE Luhanskvuhillia that were under the full control of the illegal armed groups, and one of them did not work at all. They were used in the coal supply scheme. To maintain a semblance of the legitimate entrepreneurial activity, changes were made to the registration data of these enterprises to their legal addresses in Kyiv by orders of the former minister, and terrorists from the LPR and DPR were appointed as their managers.
At the direction of the former minister, PJSC Centerenergo entered into contracts for the supply of coal with enterprises controlled by the militants, which became the basis for cashing in and allocating more than 200 million UAH in favor of the DPR and LPR terrorist organizations.