Ukraine Subpoenas Ex-President Yanukovych For Corruption

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Ukraine has subpoenaed former President Viktor Yanukovych to appear in Kiev this month to give testimony in a corruption investigation.

The investigation involves “misappropriation of property” and embezzlement of funds. Questions exist about Yanukovych’s possible use of his previous post as president to commit large-scale fraud.

Proceedings against several high-ranking Ukrainian officials — including the ex-President and other former civil servants who are no longer in the country — began July 28 in Kiev.

Yanukovych has said that he will not return to Ukraine for questioning, but would give testimony via videoconference.

The former Ukrainian leader has been in Russia since fleeing Ukraine in the wake of the Euromaidan protests in early 2014. His exact whereabouts not known.

By James Haleavy