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Ukraine Subpoenas Ex-President Yanukovych


Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych
Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych

Ukraine has subpoenaed fugitive former President Viktor Yanukovych to testify in a corruption investigation.

Ukraine's state-run newspaper Uryadoviy Kuryer (The Government's Courier) carried the text of the subpoena on August 6.

The subpoena states that Yanukovych is required to appear at the Prosecutor-General's Office in Kyiv on August 11 for questioning related to an investigation into crimes committed under Article 191 of the Criminal Code.

Article 191, paragraph 5, of the code relates to the "misappropriation of property" and embezzlement of funds through the use of a public office to commit large-scale fraud.

Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Viktor Shokin said on July 28 that the process of trying Yanukovych in absentia has begun.

Yanukovych fled Ukraine in late February 2014 amid violent pro-European mass protests and is currently residing in Russia, though his exact whereabouts are unknown.

He has been accused of using state funds to live luxuriously while president, as his presidential estate was discovered to have dozens of expensive vehicles, ornate furnishings, and a zoo on it after he fled.

Based on reporting by Uryadoviy Kuryer and UNIAN

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