Fugitive defendant in the gas business, Alexander Onishchenko was going to go to the presidential elections in 2019 as one of the candidates. He told this newspaper the Washington Times.
“Yes, I decided to run for the presidential elections. You understand the situation. Poroshenko thinks I’m strong political and economic opponent. So its original purpose was to deprive me of the opposition of financial resources, and force me to leave his native country”, – said the MP.
The fugitive told the newspaper that the administration of Petro Poroshenko “has become increasingly authoritarian, monopolisitic power and infringes on the opponents”, and supposedly therefore decided to deprive him of his source of income.
Involved in gas business said that “they have created their company from scratch” as “took an abandoned gas wells in 2009-2010, and invested in them.”
Onishchenko assured the journalist that after the deprivation of parliamentary immunity the investigation of his case has not progressed, but added that there would be “surprised” if after the announcement of presidential ambitions “will not open new criminal proceedings”.
On the question of economic electoral program, the fugitive said that talks “with leading economists and yet” in order “to revive the Ukrainian economy”.
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Fugitive MP is suspected of involvement in the organization of the so-called gas circuit, with the result that the state suffered damage amounting to more than 3 billion UAH.
17 June 2016, the Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko was signed and sent to the Parliament a proposal of SAP about consent on bringing to criminal responsibility, detention and arrest Onishchenko, one of the organizers of the corruption schemes for the resale of gas. On 29 June, the Parliament granted the request. Taking advantage of parliamentary immunity, Onishchenko left Ukraine to go to Russia and later to the UK.
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