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Ukraine: Probe Launched Into Illegal Arms Trading

Kyiv, 4 January 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Ukrainian media reports today that the Prosecutor-General's Office has launched an inquiry into illegal arms trading by current and former senior officials. The inquiry names Security and Defense Council Chief Yevhen Marchuk, former security chief Leonid Derkach, and his son Andriy, a lawmaker.

Marchuk has previously denied involvement in arms trading. He says such allegations are designed to discredit the security service.

The investigation was launched following an inquiry lodged by two legislators, AP reported. The reports cited Deputy Prosecutor-General Oleksandr Atamaniuk confirming the probe.

ITAR-TASS reported that investigators have asked their foreign colleagues for information.