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Kherson deputy mayor held for bribery

Arkadiy Pidlisnyy from Self-Help caught on kickbacks.

Kherson deputy mayor held for bribery
Photo: Photo: facebook.com/LutsenkoYuriy

Main Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General's Office detained Kherson deputy mayor and a city councilman on a bribe of 80 thousand hryvnya, chief prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko said 29 September.

"Prosecutor General's Office detained Kherson deputy mayor and his accomplice, a local councilman, who extorted a 15% kickback from local businessmen for works performed for the city. A 80 thousand hryvnya bribe turned out their last," prosecutor-general wrote in Facebook.

The chief prosecutor did not specify the names of the deputy mayor and his accomplice, but posted a photo of one of the detainees.

It was the acting deputy mayor of Kherson, a deputy of the city council from the Self-Help party Arkadiy Pidlisnyy.

Kherson Mayor Volodymyr Mykolayenko is to give a press conference about the investigation, the city hall website said.

On Wednesday evening, Mykolayenko wrote on Facebook that the SBU and the Prosecutor General's Office have detained a few Kherson officials, and stressed that he would not tolerate corruption in the city.