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 Court overturns suspension of Bucha Mayor Fedoruk

The Kyiv Court of Appeal has reversed the dismissal of Anatolii Fedoruk, the mayor of the town of Bucha in the Kyiv region.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrainski Novyny, the decision was announced on Thursday.

The court has satisfied an appeal of the defense and cancelled the decision of the Pechersk district court of Kyiv to suspend Fedoruk from office for a two-month period.

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Earlier, the Prosecutor General's Office, the Security Service of Ukraine, and the Interior Ministry conducted searches at 31 addresses, including the places of residence of Bucha and Irpin mayors, charged with the seizure of 890 hectares of forest. During 2006-2012, the suspected officials illegally passed land plots into the ownership of their friends and relatives.

Irpin mayor Volodymyr Karpliuk is reported to have fled the country. The investigation also examines the fact of passing 14 hectares of Bucha forest to former Verkhovna Rada First Deputy Chairman Ihor Kaletnyk.

Verkhovna Rada deputy Olha Chervakova says Bucha mayor Fedoruk and Irpin mayor Karpliuk appear in three criminal proceedings. According to the PGO, during the searches law enforcers "found documents evidencing of various crimes, including deforestation and illegal development."

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