Medvedchuk is one of the richest Ukrainians with an estimated wealth of over 500 million euros. He is also considered Russia’s main political ally, claiming that President Vladimir Putin is the godfather of his youngest daughter.
This openly pro-Russian attitude makes Medvedchuk a controversial figure in his native country. Ukraine disagrees with Russia over annexation of the Crimean peninsula and Russian support for armed separatists in the east of the country.
Authorities say the politician passed classified information to Russia in 2020. Prosecutors charge him with treason and attempted “looting of national wealth” in Crimea. Medvedchuk himself says the authorities are trying to silence him because of his criticism of the Kiev government’s policies.
The politician learned during an 8-hour session that he would be under house arrest until early July. He must also surrender his passport. He embraced his supporters and announced that he would continue to fight to eliminate the “illegal accusations”.
Meanwhile, nationalist protesters gathered outside the courthouse. They chanted slogans such as “Medvedchuk is an extension of the Kremlin”. The Russian government has already indicated that it is following the case with great interest and that there are no “political motives” behind the allegations.
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