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Former Motor Sich president accused of treason asks to be exchanged - Skhemy

Bohuslayev addressed his request to the head of the presidential office.

Former Motor Sich president accused of treason asks to be exchanged - Skhemy
Vyacheslav Bohuslayev

Vyacheslav Bohuslayev, the former president of Motor Sich, is asking to be included in the list for an exchange with Russia, the Skhemy (Schemes) investigative journalist project has reported.

Bohuslayev address a letter with such request to presidential office head Andriy Yermak.

"Please add me to the list for exchange with the Russian Federation," Bohuslaev said in Russian in the letter.

He signed the document as "Bohuslayev, pensioner, group 1 disabled".

As stated in the cover letter from his lawyer, the application was sent to the presidential office on 20 March 2023.

"Ukraine will continue to use all available tools to return our prisoners of war and illegally detained civilians from the aggressor state. But as for specific cases and names, we can only comment on this based on the results," Andriy Yusov, a representative of the Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War, told Skhemy.

Earlier, Mykhaylo Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the presidential office, said that he did not rule out an exchange similar to the one that took place in September 2022 when Putin's close ally Viktor Medvedchuk was exchanged.

SBU chief Vasyl Malyuk also did not rule out the possibility of exchanging Bohuslayev after he gives all the necessary testimony and then "becomes a high-quality exchange fund".

A few weeks ago, journalists published recordings of conversations between Bohuslayev, who was arrested for high treason, and the Russians. Bohuslayev was doing business with the occupiers despite their shelling of Motor Sich.

On 22 October, the SBU detained Bohuslayev and the head of the company's foreign trade department for treason. It was reported that the offenders had set up transnational channels for the illegal supply of wholesale consignments of Ukrainian aircraft engines to the aggressor state.

Subsequently, the SBU published audio recordings of Bohuslayev's telephone conversations, confirming his cooperation with the enemy.

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