February 5, 2023
Serhii Kuzminykh, a member of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Servant of the Other people parliamentary faction, was once reportedly stuck whilst accepting a bribe on Jan. 28, 2022. (Serhiy Kuzminykh/ Fb)

Serhii Kuzminykh, a member of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Servant of the Other people parliamentary faction, was once stuck whilst allegedly accepting an Hr 558,000 ($20,000) bribe on Jan. 28, consistent with regulation enforcement resources of Ukrainian information web sites Ukrainska Pravda and Censor.Internet. 

The Nationwide Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) stated that they stuck a lawmaker of Servant of the Other people faction “red-handed” when receiving a bribe, however didn’t title him. 

In line with the NABU, “the reliable authorised a bribe for serving to personal firms get contracts with a state sanatorium in Zhytomyr Oblast.”

In parliament, Kuzminykh heads a subcommittee on pharmacy and pharmaceutical process. 

Kuzminykh got here to prominence because the brother of Oleg Kuzminykh, some of the high-profile Ukrainian infantrymen that have been protecting the Donetsk Airport ahead of it fell to Russian-backed militants in 2015.  

The brothers introduced a rehabilitation middle for battle veterans within the town of Zhytomyr.

An individual with a blurred face, reportedly lawmaker Serhiy Kuzminykh, talks to a detective of the Nationwide Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. (NABU/Telegram)

Kuzminykh couldn’t be reached for remark. The Kyiv Impartial known as the brothers’ charity group, the Oleh and Sergiy Kuzminykh Fund, to make sure the scoop of the arrest. The one who picked up the telephone stated they “don’t give feedback,” hung up and didn’t reply to additional calls.

Neither Servant of the Other people birthday celebration nor faction has but issued statements into the alleged bribery probe towards Kuzminykh.

In line with Ukrainska Pravda, the lawmaker has no longer been detained, and the NABU will now ask Prosecutor Normal Iryna Venediktova to signal the fees. In line with the regulation, prosecutor normal has to individually authorize fees towards lawmakers. 

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It’s no longer the primary time lawmakers of the ruling Servant of the Other people faction, which has the 242-seat majority within the parliament, are uncovered taking bribes. 

In September 2020, the NABU stuck lawmaker Oleksandr Yurchenko extorting a bribe amounting $13,000. 

A couple of days after, Servant of the Other people expelled him from the faction. The Prosecutor Normal signed a understand of suspicion for Yurchenko. The investigation is ongoing. 

In October 2020, newshounds of Schemes, an investigative challenge of Radio Unfastened Europe/Radio Liberty, uncovered Pavlo Khalimon, a lawmaker with the Servant of the Other people faction, allegedly extorting a bribe. 

In line with newshounds, Khalimon, the deputy chairman of the agrarian committee, requested farmers in Chernihiv Oblast to pay him Hr 40 million ($1.4 million) to make sure a positive trade local weather. 

Khalimon known as the investigation “a hunt for ‘servants of the folks’.”