The mayor of Odessa, Gennady Trukhanov, who is suspected of fraud with land plots, was released on bail in the amount of 30 million hryvnia (almost 82 million rubles) instead of 120 million hryvnia (about 328 million rubles) requested by the prosecutor. This decision was made by the judge of the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court (VAKS) of Ukraine Oksana Oleinik during the meeting, the broadcast of which is available on YouTube.
According to the court’s decision, the mayor must provide the appointed amount of bail within five days, otherwise the prosecutor’s office will petition to change the preventive measure. Trukhanov is also obliged to hand over his passport to law enforcement officers and refrain from communicating with other suspects.
Earlier it became known that NABU detectives suspected the mayor of Odessa, the former prosecutor of the Odessa region and several other people in fraud with land plots. According to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Irina Venediktova, the suspects forged documents and used their official powers to organize the illegal transfer of land. The total amount of damage caused to the territorial community of Odessa is estimated at 689 million hryvnia.
During the court hearing on Friday, October 8, Trukhanov said that he considers the case against him on the illegal transfer of land plots to be political persecution. Trukhanov accused the Ukrainian authorities of repression and noted that he has been under their “political pressure” since 2014.