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 Mastermind behind Kurchenko's shadow schemes detained, - Prosecutor General Lutsenko

Law enforcers have apprehended ex-head of the Auction Committee for the sale of crude oil and liquefied gas during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych, former deputy minister of economic development and trade in Mykola Azarov's Cabinet Oleksandr Sukhomlyn.

Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko announced at a briefing, Censor.NET reports.

"Today, we can speak about results of investigation into the crimes of Ukraine's former government in terms of Kurchenko's [fugitive Yanukovych-era oligarch - ed.] criminal schemes. Yesterday, one of the most active members of the gang, mastermind behind a liquefied gas theft scheme Sukhomlyn was arrested.

"During 2010-2014, being the head of the Auction Committee for the sale of crude oil and liquefied gas and in a criminal conspiracy with Yanukovych, Azarov, and Kurchenko, he illegally seized the property of Ukrhazvydobuvannia and Ukrnafta [gas and oil producing state companies - ed.] - liquefied gas worth more than 2 billion hryvnia (approx. $80 million)," Lutsenko said.

According to him, Sukhomlyn systematically influenced tenders for the sale of liquefied gas.

"They sold gas through filling stations at market prices rather than the reduced ones and received a profit of more than 5.5 billion hryvnia (approx. $219,356 million)," Lutsenko added.

According to Lutsenko, the PGO, the Security Service, and the State Fiscal Service took part in the operation. Sukhomlyn was detained in Kyiv. He did not resist and thought he was arrested for a traffic violation.

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