News Politics, 17/12/2017

Kharkiv City Council’s Ex-Deputy Suspected of Separatism and Arrested

The ex-deputy of Kharkiv City Council Andrii Lesyk arrested until February 2018, reports Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office. He is suspected of the infringement of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Kyivskyi District Court of Kharkiv decided to arrest Lesyk yesterday. The Ukrainian Choice NGO representative was suspected under article 110 of the Criminal Code Encroachment on Territorial Integrity and Inviolability of Ukraine.

According to the information from the preliminary investigation conducted by the Security Service of Ukraine, he advocated the creation of the Odesa People’s Republic. When Andrii Lesyk was a deputy, he called for a change of the state borders. In public appearances, the suspect appealed for blocking of traffic interchanges to obstruct the work of the military and police. He also insisted on the need to hold an illegal referendum and disobey the legitimate power.

Lesyk denies the accusations and believes that “someone wants to exclude him from Kharkiv political arena.” During the trial, the ex-deputy also claimed that he was offered 0.5 million UAH (a bit more than $18,000) to move to Russia. The court didn’t heed Lesyk’s arguments and supported the prosecution’s position. Therefore, Andrii Lesyk will spend time in jail until February 6, 2018.

December 15, the Security Service of Ukraine detained Andrii Lesyk in the Luhansk region and brought him to the court. According to the source, the security officers did so because the suspect evaded the court sessions.

Text: Iryna Klymenko

Photo: Andrii Lesyk Facebook page