Kharkiv Regional Council Chairman suspected of taking UAH 1 million bribe

04.08.2021 00:00

On August 4, 2021, NABU and SAPO notified the Chairman of the Kharkiv Regional Council of suspicion of accepting a UAH 1.05 million bribe. The actions of the official fall under Part 4 Art. 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ("Receipt of illegal benefit of gross amount by an official who occupies a responsible position, or by a group of persons upon their prior conspiracy, accompanied with requests of undue advantage").

NABU and SAPO are taking action for a measure of restraint to be chosen against the suspect.

As established, in early 2021, the Chairman of the Kharkiv Regional Council in collusion with his deputy demanded and received a UAH 1.05 million bribe from the head of a regional utility company, a subsidiary of the Kharkiv Regional Council, for retaining him in office.

During the first half of 2021, the officials received the money in four tranches, including through a lawyer who acted as a middleman.

 

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