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More Criminal Charges Against Former Crimean Parliament Speaker


* Correction appended

KYIV -- A second criminal case has been opened in Ukraine against former Crimean Parliament chairman Anatoliy Hrytsenko, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

The Ukrainian Prosecutor-General's press service has announced that Hrytsenko has been charged with abuse of power. He is said to have made a decision while in office, without discussing it in parliament, to allow a private company to rent cottages in the Rossiya Black Sea coast resort at a big discount.

Hrytsenko, who is a member of the ruling Party of Regions, was charged earlier this month with the illegal transfer of ownership of property belonging to the Azov collective farm in Crimea.

On January 27, the Simferopol Central district court ruled that Hrytsenko should be arrested and held for two months in a pretrial detention center while the investigation continues.

Hrytsenko was not available for comment.

* A previous version of this story contained a photograph incorrectly identified as Hrytsenko.

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