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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Kostiantyn H. Kulyk has been indicted himself on corruption charges and has a reputation for using investigations as political weapons.




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From the cited article:

...Mr. Kulyk's continued presence in the halls of government illustrates the blending of politics and criminal justice in Ukraine, where investigations are routinely used as political weapons or to grease the business interests of wealthy insiders. ...

In March, Mr. Kulyk, who with a former prosecutor general, Yuriy Lutsenko, had coordinated with Mr. Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to promote the allegations against the Bidens, suddenly switched allegiance in Ukraine's domestic politics.

He and Mr. Lutsenko had been seen as staunch enforcers for President Petro O. Poroshenko. But two days before the first round of the country's presidential election " with opinion polls showing Mr. Zelensky crushing Mr. Poroshenko " Mr. Kulyk filed criminal corruption charges against dozens of Poroshenko aides. He then went on a television talk show to discuss the highlights of these cases.

An on-air confrontation ensued. Mr. Poroshenko rushed to the studio and accused Mr. Kulyk of naked political abuse of the justice system. The 11th-hour smear nevertheless reinforced Mr. Zelensky's campaign message that the country needed a new leader to root out corruption.

Corruption allegations trailed Mr. Kulyk long before his role in the Biden case. In 2016, he was indicted on charges of illegal enrichment, with prosecutors noting that his expensive tastes seemed incongruous with his modest salary as a prosecutor. Court documents describe Mr. Kulyk as owning assets equivalent to 1,615 times the minimum cost of living for Ukraine, including two apartments in central Kiev and a Toyota Land Cruiser that together cost more than four years' worth of his income....

"In any other country a prosecutor like this would have been fired a long time ago," said Andrii Savin, a lawyer with Ukraine's Anticorruption Action Center who has followed Mr. Kulyk's career closely. "But what happened in this country? The prosecutor general promoted him."

Mr. Kulyk has also come under fire for his ties to a man believed to be a Russian intelligence agent in his hometown, Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine. ...

The article reads likes a Russian spy novel.


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-20 10:43 AM | Reply

That Toyota Land Cruiser?

From google's translation of the site:


...For the military prosecutor Konstantin Kulik, they will ask for a preventive measure in the form of house arrest, an electronic bracelet and removal from office. The court date will be called in the near future, according to the plot of TSN . 19:30 .

On Thursday, the suspect did not appear for interrogation . Now waiting for him on Saturday. The ATO forces prosecutor Konstantin Kulik is charged with illegal enrichment. The Anti-Corruption Bureau established that over five years of work, he earned 1.6 million hryvnia. And he bought apartments and cars for 5 million.

Investigators said Friday that Kulik was driving a Toyota SUV that belonged to the father of the terrorist, leader of the Kharkiv Oplot group, Yevgeny Zhilin. "We check these facts according to Zhilin. Yes, this surname appears on our materials. As will be further, we will look at Kulik's position itself. He now drives Zhilin's car. That is, the Toyota he uses is framed by Zhilin's father." - explained the first deputy chairman of the specialized anti-corruption prosecutor's office Maxim Grischuk.

: translate.googleusercontent.com

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-20 10:50 AM | Reply


#3 | Posted by madscientist at 2019-10-21 04:26 AM | Reply

Well of course, the $400,000,000 downpayment on the dirt was paid.

#4 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-10-21 06:55 AM | Reply

@#4 ... Well of course, the $400,000,000 downpayment on the dirt was paid. ...

Based upon what I've been reading, your comment may not be too far from reality.

Mr Giuliani seems to have been traipsing around Europe looking for people to produce "dirt" on the Bidens. In return he seems to be offering White House visits and other events of access to Pres Trump.

This has, in my view, severely tainted any evidence being produced.

This is almost surreal, especially when AG Barr seems to be touring Europe with the same purpose.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-21 09:36 AM | Reply

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