Gas case: investigation of fugitive suspect completed

25.05.2022 00:00

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) have completed a pre-trial investigation of a suspect in the Gas case who had been in hiding for six years before being detained this early May. His actions fall under Part 1 Art. 255, Part 2 Art. 27 Part 4 Art. 28 Part 5 Art. 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

He is one of the 29 participants in the criminal case of theft of natural gas produced in a joint effort with Ukrgazvydobuvannia PJSC. According to the investigation, the suspect ran an enterprise owned by an MP, the scheme's organizer, which won fictitious auctions for the sale of natural gas that was further bought with a discount and resold at a market price.

As reported, in May, the police and border guards detained a suspect in the Gas case, who left for russia in 2016 and had been wanted ever since. He returned to Ukraine bypassing border checkpoints and used conspiracy measures to avoid detention. During a document check at a roadblock, the fugitive was identified, detained, and handed over to NABU.

On May 11, 2022, he was remanded in custody with an alternative of a UAH 744,000 bail.


According to Article 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine, a person is considered not-guilty in the commission of a crime and cannot be subject to criminal punishment until he or she is found guilty by court.