The session was opened with the activists and certain city council members chanting demands on the mayor’s resignation.
According to today’s agenda, the city council plans to discuss changes in the composition of the standing commissions, the local budget for 2017 and 2018 and more than 40 issues concerning the municipal property and land allotment.
On Feb. 13, 2018, detectives of Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) served charge papers to Odesa Mayor Hennadii Trukhanov and three officials of the mayor's office in absentia.
The investigators believe all the aforementioned persons were involved in embezzlement scheme. In September 2016, the Odesa City Council purchased a building, which used to be a part of asset package of the state-owned Kraian plant, for 185 million hryvnia from a private firm which purchased the entire asset package for 11.5 million hryvnia at an auction organized by the receiver of the state enterprise in early 2016.
The prosecutors requested the court to place Trukhanov in pre-trial custody with an option to post 50 million hryvnia (about $1,845,000) in bail.
On Feb. 15, Solomianskyi district court of Kyiv cut Trukhanov loose as Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction MP Dmytro Holubov stood surety for him.
Trukhanov was barred from leaving Odesa, prohibited to speak with a number of the city council officials and half of the Odesa City Council members, who attended the hearing as witnesses. Holubov was obliged to bring Trukhanov to court on short notice.