Armed law enforcers spotted near Mayor Klitschko’s home

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Виталий Кличко

Armed law enforcers have been deployed on Bohdan Khmelnytsky Street downtown Kyiv, to the house where city Mayor Vitaly Klitschko resides, Ukrainian journalist Yuriy Butusov reported Tuesday morning.

The group has remained outside the house for about an hour, Butusov wrote on Facebook.

“According to sources at the mayor’s office, Klitschko left for gym at 7:00 before the group, whose affiliation is yet to be established, arrived. No one has entered the mayor’s apartment yet,” the journalist writes.

“We will try to find out what it is – maybe it’s about fighting corruption, organized crime, or just some ongoing exercises,” Butusov added.

Klitschko’s press secretary Oksana Zinovyeva said the mayor’s apartment was not being searched at the moment.

Ukrayinska Pravda’s sources claim it’s the SBU security service whose operatives are involved and that they do intend to conduct a search in Klitschko’s apartment.

Latest barrage of searches targeting municipal companies in Kyiv

  • On May 13, law enforcers raided the HQ of the Kyiv Metro subway operator for a warranted search as part of a criminal proceeding into tax evasion.
  • Also, the State Fiscal Service reported on searches in Kyivpastrans ground transport operator, Kyivavtoputmost road and bridges management firm, and other City Council-controlled companies.
  • Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko slammed the recent raids, including of the City Council’s departments, as political pressure on municipal authorities, including himself.
  • According to the prosecutor’s office, 11 individuals have already been charged in the ongoing probes.