Ukraine seizes 154 assets from pro-Russian party leader, including 55 houses, 26 cars

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Ukrainian authorities on Wednesday seized 154 properties – including 55 houses, 26 cars and a yacht – from Viktor Medvedchuk, a pro-Russian member of Ukraine’s parliament who was captured by national forces on Tuesday.

The Lviv court seized the assets at the request of the National Bureau of Investigation of Ukraine and the Prosecutor General’s Office, according to a press release on Thursday.

Among the assets were also 30 land, 32 apartments and 17 parking spaces, and the authorities took control of Medvedchuk shares in 25 companies.

Medvedchuk is the leader of the pro-Russian Ukrainian party in parliament, the opposition Platform – For Life. He also claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin is godfather to one of his daughters.

The Ukrainian politician was placed under house arrest last year for treason and plunder of resources in Crimea after Russia’s annexation in 2014.

Ukraine’s security service, known as the SBU, captured Medvedchuk on Tuesday after he fled home isolation shortly after Russia invaded the country on February 24.

After his detention, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offered to exchange Medvedchuk for Ukrainians held as prisoners in Russia, but the Kremlin rejected the offer on Wednesday. according to Reuters.

Ukraine’s investigative bureau said on Thursday it would continue “to pursue traitors and confiscate their property, as required by law.”

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