Odesa governor sacks deputy detained for bribery

10 January, 04:08 PM
Oleh Muratov (Photo:Одеса-Медіа)

Oleh Muratov (Photo:Одеса-Медіа)

Odesa Oblast Governor Maksym Marchenko has sacked his deputy, Oleh Muratov, who was earlier detained for bribery, the governor reported via Telegram messenger on Jan. 10.

Muratov was detained in the city of Odesa on Jan. 5. According to a law enforcement investigation, he pledged to help one of his employees to avoid imprisonment for a $35,000 bribe.

Ukraine’s SBU security service documented the official’s receipt of an advance payment of $27,000, and detained him after having handed over the said amount to his driver.

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Muratov is facing up to 12 years in prison on charges of bribery and abuse of power.

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