Censor.NET reports referring to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov's Facebook.
As noted, Ihor V. Liubko, with the help of another top official within the administration, acting as intermediary, extorted and received an improper benefit in the amount of 200,000 hryvnia (about $7,500) from his subordinate to allow her unhindered transfer to another public authority.
Earlier, Liubko and governor Melnychuk received unconfirmed information that the head of the Agribusiness Department sanctioned the compensation of 15 million hryvnia (about $561,720) to farmers, as stipulated by a budget program. Not believing that such a sum could be paid without a cut, they began to extort part of the funds allegedly received by the said official, threatening her with dismissal.
Shortly after, the woman found another job and notified her bosses of that.
Liubko and the governor started to demand money for signing a corresponding discharge order.
According to Avakov, the offices and places of residence of the involved officials are being searched.
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