The court sent the mayor of Odessa under arrest

Геннадий Труханов

The mayor of Odessa, Gennady Trukhanov, was taken into custody as part of the investigation into the case of the Odessa Krayan plant. This was announced by the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAP) on Thursday, May 4.

“The case of Odessa Krayan – the mayor of Odessa was taken into custody,” was said in a short message.

A little later, the SAPO noted that today the Collegium of Judges of the VAKS granted the prosecutor’s petition to change the preventive measure for Trukhanov. The reason for the arrest was that he did not pay the bail previously determined by the court in the amount of UAH 30.866 million. Therefore, the prosecutor applied to the court with a petition to change the preventive measure from bail to detention with an alternative to bail.

VAKS heard the arguments of the parties and partially satisfied the petition, applying to the accused a measure of restraint in the form of detention for a period of 60 days with the alternative of making 13.420 million hryvnia bail.

“In pursuance of the court decision, the accused was taken into custody in the courtroom,” the SAP added.

Recall that back in February 2018, Gennady Trukhanov was detained at Boryspil airport immediately after arriving from Warsaw. At the same time, Deputy Mayor of Odessa Pavel Vugelman was also detained.

The mayor of Odessa is suspected of abuse of office in the case of acquiring the buildings of the Krayan plant for UAH 185 million. At the same time, he and other persons are accused of embezzling budget funds in the amount of more than 92 million hryvnias. A few days later he was released on bail.

The defendants in the case of Krayan, in addition to the mayor of Odessa, are his deputy Pavel Vugelman, ex-head of the standing committee of the city council on communal property Vasily Shkryabay, former director of the municipal department of communal property Aleksey Spektor and his deputy Vladimir Radionov, director of Development Elit LLC Petr Zagodirenko, director Igor Kravchenko, Valton Group LLC, and Galina Bogdanova, director of Brokbusinessconsult (appraiser).