"The SBU is continuing to investigate high-profile cases against the foundations of the national security, involving representatives of the Communist Party. Communist leader Petro Symonenko is being questioned today within the framework of these cases. We will not talk about the secrets of the investigation, but I think that this is just a beginning," she said.
Talking about the context of the case in regard to which Symonenko was summoned for questioning, Hitlianska noted that the Security Service of Ukraine has a lot of questions to the Communist Party and its leader. "You know the statements of the Communist Party, and the explosions in Odessa, in which representatives of the Communist Party were directly involved. Today there are many facts like this, thus, there are many questions to Mr. Symonenko, his deputies and many other representatives of the party ... One of them was even in the governing bodies at the local level - a secretary of the party organization in Odesa," she said.
Procedural status of Symonenko, according to Hitlianska, has not been determined yet - the investigator will determine it after the interrogation. "He is being questioned. The investigator will determine his status at the end of the conversation," she said.
Among other things, Hitlianska noted that the investigation is determining the basis of Symonenko's participation in the Communist convention in Moscow.
Asked by reporters as to when the SBU can arrest Symonenko, Hitlianska said: "It's a question for the investigator."
Communist leader Petro Symonenko's interrogation has been continuing for more than four hours.