Deputy head of Zelensky’s office to transfer powers due to corruption scandal

Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Oleg Tatarov will transfer his powers to another employee for the time of the investigation of a criminal case on corruption, of which he is a defendant, reports UNIAN . p >

According to the official, he agreed to such a step in order to avoid scandals and suspicions of pressure on the investigation from a leading position. Tatarov also did not admit his guilt and said that he would prove his innocence in the case “exclusively by legal means.” “In the near future I will prove that this is all fake, not an investigation,” the deputy head of the office stressed.

He also explained that he learned about the presentation of suspicions in a criminal case from the media, in order to obtain the relevant document he had to personally appear at the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU). Because of this, he also accused the investigation of non-compliance with the criminal code and the procedure for conducting legal proceedings.

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine suspected Tatarov of carrying out corruption schemes on December 18. According to law enforcement officials, while working for the Ukrainian State Construction Corporation (UkrBud), an official could have facilitated the issuance of an inaccurate conclusion of a forensic expert and thus helped the company to misappropriate 81 million hryvnia (about 213 million rubles).

Tatarov faces up to eight years in prison. Together with him, the deputy director of the scientific research expert and forensic center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and a former deputy Verkhovna Rada . Their names are not disclosed.