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Prosecution wants two MPs stripped of immunity

One of them is suspected of land fraud.

Prosecution wants two MPs stripped of immunity
Photo: Facebook/Oleksandr Vilkul

Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko has petitioned parliament to strip Opposition Bloc MP Yuriy Vilkul of immunity from prosecution.

"In 2011-2012, the former head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional state administration issued an instruction to change the designation of land plots on the area of 21 hectares from farmland (pasture), which were in fact the lands collectively owned by members of two agricultural enterprises in Nikopol District," the press secretary of the Prosecutor-General's Office (PGO), Larysa Sarhan, said on Facebook.

She added that he had also authorized the change of the designated status from arable to industrial land for 23 land plots on the area of over 45 hectares.

The PGO also asked parliament to strip Opposition Bloc MP Dmytro Kolesnikov of immunity from prosecution. He is a close ally of Vilkul.

He is suspected of involvement in the alienation of an almost 7,000-sq.m. laboratory building of the Pipe Industry Institute in Dnipro when he was in charge of the State Agency for the Management of State Corporate Rights and Property (existed in 2010-2012).

When Viktor Yanukovych came to power in 2010, Kolesnikov was appointed industrial policy minister in Mykola Azarov's government.

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