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Investigators in trials of opposition leaders promoted

27.02.2012    source:

The journal Ukrainsky tyzhden reports that several law enforcement officers running the cases of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yury Lutsenko have received promotions. An interesting nuance is that almost all of them have been moved to Ivano-Frankivsk (in Western Ukraine).

Oleksandr Kalifitsky

Formerly the head of the Prosecutor General’s Central Department on Investigating Particularly Important Cases (up till 29 September)

Now: Prosecutor for the Ivano-Frankivsk region

According to Ukrainsky tyzhden, Kalifitsky was considered the person closest to Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin.

He was directly in charge of the criminal prosecutions against both Yulia Tymoshenko and Yury Lutsenko.

Serhiy Voichenko

Formerly Investigator into particularly important cases within the Prosecutor General’s Office

Now First Deputy Prosecutor for the Ivano-Frankivsk region

Voichenko was in charge of the team investigating the prosecution of Yury Lutsenko, and therefore instrumental in having Lutsenko detained on 26 December 2010 (the former Minister has been in detention since then).

Many of the allegations against the investigators by witnesses have specifically referred to Voichenko.  He has been accused, for example, of dictating what witnesses should write.

Ukrainsky Tyzhden notes drily that the Prosecutor General’s Office website has no mention of this new appointment.

Voichenko is one of those whom Lutsenko lodged a law suit against in the USA.

Vladislav Hryshchenko

Former head of the Prosecutor General’s Office Department of Criminology

Now Deputy Prosecutor for the Ivano-Frankivsk region

Hryshchenko apparently also worked on both the Tymoshenko and Lutsenko case, however the publication suggests that he and Kalifitsky always work together.

Oleksandr Nechvohlod

Former Prosecutor General’s Office investigator

Now Deputy Prosecutor for the Chernihiv region

The publication states that Nechvohlod achieved his swift career success through political cases. He was passed the material regarding the assault in the Verkhovna Rada of opposition MP Oles Doniy on 27 April 2010, and basically did nothing with no criminal proceedings ever being initiated.  This is despite the fact that Doniy was seriously injured, and despite the criminal proceedings initiated on considerably weaker grounds against two opposition MP – translator).

Nechvohlod was then moved onto the gas charges against Yulia Tymoshenko.

He was promoted to his new position on 23 December just after the appeal against Tymoshenko’s sentence was rejected.

Mykola Hrabyk

Formerly Security Service [SBU] investigator

Now Head of Investigations for the Kharkiv Regional SBU

He was actively involved in the trials of Ihor Didenko and Anatoly Makarenko, and then directly in charge of the investigative activities in the gas charges against Yulia Tymoshenko. Following the Didenko case, he received promotion to Major, and on Independence Day received an award “For Courage”, Grade III.  The journal says that his promotion to the Kharkiv regional SBU post came immediately after Tymoshenko’s sentence.

Ukrainsky Tyzhden predicts that there will soon be other promotions of people involved in the case. 

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