In a crackdown on pro-Russian political and business interests, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova has authorized high treason charges against two Rada members,

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Viktor Medvedchuk and Taras Kozak. In February, the Kyiv government seized the pair’s three TV stations, a chain of gas stations and oil pipeline. Yesterday Venediktova said that Medvedchuk and Kozak are suspected of colluding with the Russian government to produce gas in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula occupied by Russia since 2014. Noting Medvedchuk’s friendship with Vladimir Putin, Bloomberg called the charges “a move that’s likely [to] fan already elevated tensions with Russia.”

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