The family of Odesa civil servants owns hundreds of square meters of luxury real estate, a land plot on the seashore, gold, diamonds and a whole list of valuable property, but far from everything is declared in accordance with the law. This is reported by local media with reference to declarations published by civil servants.
The journalists managed to compile a complete list of elite property by analyzing the declarations of the judge of the Odesa Economic Court of Appeal Maryna Myshkina and her children – Odesa prosecutor Razmik Arakelyan and the judge of the Odesa District Administrative Court, Mariia Arakelyan.
According to published information, last year Ms Myshkina earned almost 643,000 hryvnias at her post and also received pension accruals in the amount of 61,000 hryvnias. In addition, an employee of the economic court indicated in the declaration an additional income of 276,000 – the wage received in the Southwestern Court of Appeal. Despite these funds, Myshkina was forced to take a loan in the amount of 25,000 hryvnias. Local journalists said that this was done to preserve the gold and diamonds included in the declaration. The value of jewellery is evidenced, among other things, by the declaration rules for civil servants: only jewellery worth more than 100 minimum wages in Ukraine should be included in the report.
The media also draws attention to the property of the judge. According to information published in the public domain, Ms Myshkina owns an apartment with a total area of 116 sq. m. In addition, journalists revert attention to the fact that the latest declaration does not contain information on a quarter-hectare land plot and a 380 sq. m. house on the shore of the Black Sea. It is noteworthy that in the 2015 declaration, Ms Myshkina mentioned these objects as her property, and already in 2016, this information disappeared from the report.
Odesa journalists argue that the judge simply re-registered the land and the house for her ex-husband and her children, who also work in government agencies. The latter, by the way, disappeared from the reports of Ms Myshkina along with the indicated property, although this directly contradicts the rules for declaring a property.
If Ms Myshkina had nevertheless mentioned the daughter-judge and the son-prosecutor in her own declaration, she would also have to declare a diamond necklace, two children’s cars and four more elite apartments in Odesa with a total area of about 400 sq. m. Also, the judge would have to explain the sources of income more than the 150,000 hryvnias that she gave to her daughter. In addition, Mariia Arakelyan in the year before last received another 70,000 from Myshkina’s ex-husband, vice-rector of the Odesa Law Academy.
Thus, the analysis of the declaration of the Myshkina family revealed numerous violations of the current legislation and declaration rules for civil servants.