Head of Ukraine’s Supreme Court arrested after accepting $2.7 million bribe

16 May, 12:58 AM
Vsevolod Knyazev (Photo:Vsevolod Knyazev/Facebook)

Vsevolod Knyazev (Photo:Vsevolod Knyazev/Facebook)

The head of Ukraine’s Supreme Court, Vsevolod Knyazev, has been detained on suspicion of receiving a $2.7 million bribe on May 15, according to several Ukrainian media outlets and sources withing law enforcement agencies.

The Supreme Court press service announced on Facebook that the court will convene for an extraordinary session on May 16 due to "events related to Knyazev."

News outlets ZN.UA and UP have both reported Knyazev’s arrest.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Serhiy Leshchenko said in a Telegram that Ukraine’s National Anti-corruption Bureau (NABU) and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) have “documented the head of the Supreme Court receiving a $2.7 million bribe.”

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SAP later reported that they have exposed "massive corruption" in the Supreme Court, without disclosing the names of any individuals involved in the scheme.

“NABU and SAP have uncovered a massive corruption (scheme) in the Supreme Court, specifically regarding the leadership of the court acquiring illicit income,” the message said.

Knyazev was elected as the Head of the Supreme Court in October 2021, having previously served as a judge and secretary of the court since 2017.

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