Ex-President Leonid Kuchma tried to buy Mykola Melnychenko's original recordings regarding Gongadze and Yeliashkevych for $ 2 million. This was stated by Mykola Melnychenko in an interview to News.ua 24.
"Sure, I'd like to see the court make the decision: "The murder and kidnapping of Gongadze was committed by order. Pukach had no personal motive. It was an order from above. "But this, unfortunately, did not happen. But it is confirmed not only by my records, but also by all subsequent actions. For example, when Pukach was arrested in 2003 and later released. If Kuchma had nothing to do with it and if he was not involved with Pukach, I ask: "What did you pay two million to Melnychenko Mykola in Moscow? What for? For his beautiful eyes? No. I clearly testified: He wanted to buy the original recording Gongadze and Yeliashkevych. In order not to be criminally responsible for the crime," said Melnychenko.
According to Melnychenko, "this is just one episode that is documented. And there are others. "
"I come to Ukraine, a person from Pinchuk approaches me and says: "Mykola, Pinchuk gives you 10 million dollars to just leave. Because Kuchma is very nervous," said the ex-Major of State Protection.
"During President Kuchma's rule the country was cruelly and perversely robbed. And this crime should be stopped someday. You cannot have someone in power who is fabulously rich and everyone else is impoverished cattle. Cattle to be silent, to be "doing what we say." For such things there must be a punishment. And when Renat Kuzmin opened a criminal case against Kuchma, I believe that over the years of independence it was a breath of fresh air. People were given some hope. Because under Kuchma and Yushchenko, the Gongadze case is not investigated. And under Yanukovych - it started moving. First of all, thanks to the personal qualities of Kuzmin," said Melnychenko.
Answering the question of whether, in his opinion, the Gongadze case will be continued, Mykola Melnichenko said:
"It Kuzmin is doing it - it will continue and there will be further investigation. The court will assess the actions of Kuchma and Lytvyn in Gongadze case. I know the ins and outs of the current political beau monde of Ukraine. Besides Kuzmin I do not see yet another figure who could take this cross, and pull it."