"He might have probably something to do with it. But I personally had no evidence of this. The investigation has found nothing either," Yanukovych said.
"Therefore, if he was involved, the authorities must prove it now. If no evidence is found, let it lie heavy on his (Serhii Liovochkin's - Ed.) conscience. Otherwise, if he is innocent, those who blamed him must apologize. This should also be established by the court," the ex-president said.
Yanukovych said the developments on the Maidan were a "provocation plotted and orchestrated by those willing to overthrow the government."
"I will not respond to the defamation campaign waged by the Inter TV channel against my deputies and ministry employees because Mr. Liovochkin must be in jail not in the parliament, because he is the one who masterminded crackdown on the Maidan activists," Avakov told journalists in Sievierodonetsk (the Luhansk region).
In turn, Liovochkin said that "it was the unwarranted cruelty of the police against students on Maidan Nezalezhnosti on Nov. 30, 2013 that forced me to resign as Presidential Administration head as a mark of protest."