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Senior Ukrainian Official Sacked For Bribe-Taking

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov

KYIV -- The Ukrainian government says it has dismissed Deputy Environment Minister Bohdan Presner for accepting a bribe, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

Officials said Presner was caught on June 1 taking a significant sum of money as a bribe.

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov told the cabinet today that Presner was sacked for "breaking the public servant's oath" and will stand trial.

Azarov also said that case should be a lesson to other members of the government. He stressed that rooting out corruption within the Ukrainian
government is one of President Viktor Yanukovych's major domestic political priorities.

On June 1, the press service of Ukraine's Interior Ministry informed journalists that its Department for Serious Crimes and Ukraine's State Security Service detained Presner as he was accepting a large sum of money for arranging the appointment of an unnamed individual to a top regional post.