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 Lukianivka detention prison to be sold, - Justice Ministry

The main detention facility of Kyiv is to be sold. The government expects the future investor to build a new modern complex of pre-trial detention in exchange for a plot of land in Kyiv's downtown, where the center is located at the moment.

Censor.NET reports citing DW.

The Ministry of Justice wants to sell Lukianivka prison on the principles of public-private partnership. The private investor would build a new prison complex on a chosen site outside of Kyiv or in remote areas of the city a s part of the partnership.

"After the construction is completed, Lukianivka prison will be transferred to a new facility outside town, the investor would receive the land and immovable property located on it in private property," deputy Minister of Justice Natalia Sevostianova said.

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According to her, the property and land will soon be evaluated by an independent international appraiser, whose conclusions would be recognized by Western banks. Also, the Ministry of Justice is looking for a project of a penitentiary institution, which has been successfully built and put into operation during the last ten years in the EU, so that a similar project could be implemented in Ukraine. Finance experts are working on a preliminary estimate of the new prison in Kyiv.

"It will only take place through open competition and open selection," Sevostianova noted.

The conditions under which the investor will receive the land and the prison are not clear so far. It is not clear whether the investor would be allowed to demolish them. So far the Ministry of Justice is waiting is for a conclusion of the Ministry of Culture on the historical value of the prison buildings. However, according to Kyiv researcher Mykhailo Kalnytskyi, at least one building - the oldest building of the prison, the prison fortress - should be kept and turned into a museum and tourist complex.

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If the project works out in Kyiv, a similar public-private partnerships for detention centers will be repeated in Lviv and Kharkiv, the Ministry of Justice noted. There are a total of 144 detention centers in Ukraine.
 
 
 
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