NABU detectives, together with representatives of the Special Investigation Directorate of the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Security Service of Ukraine, detained the Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Yuriн Hrymchak and his assistant at a bribe of $ 480,000.
“The alleged individuals, for exercising their influence on decision-making by persons authorized to perform the functions of the state, demanded an unlawful benefit of a total amount of US $ 1.1 million from a legal entity representative.
When receiving part of the bribe in the amount of $ 480 thousand they were detained,” NABU reports.
Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko stated that Yuriy Hrymchak and his assistants demanded money for influence on officials of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.
“Unofficial investigative actions show that he and his assistants demanded funds for influencing the decisions of courts and officials of the Ministry of Culture to make the ordered decisions,” Lutsenko wrote.
Instead, the Ministry of Temporary Occupied Territories assured that Hrymchak’s detention did not relate to his work in the department.
“According to the information available to the MTOT, the arrest of Yuriy Hrymchak does not relate to his work at the MTOT and is not related to his official duties as deputy minister. Moreover, the media reports regarding the detention of the Assistant Deputy Minister are also incorrect, since the Ministry’s staff list does not include the position of “Assistant Deputy Minister”. The person mentioned in the media is not an employee of MTOT, ” the ministry said.