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Zelenskyy strips four Ukrainians charged with treason, including “Putin’s point man,” of citizenship

Zelenskyy strips four Ukrainians charged with treason, including “Putin’s point man,” of citizenship

Speaking in his evening address, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy informed that he stripped four Ukrainian collaborators charged with state treason of their Ukrainian citizenship.

They are: Viktor Medvedchuk, Andrii Derkach, Taras Kozak, and Renat Kuzmin.

Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council imposed sanctions against Viktor Medvedchuk, Taras Kozak, and Andrii Derkach in 2021.

In May 2021, Medvedchuk, a lawmaker from the pro-Russian Opposition Platform for Life (OPFL) known as “Putin’s point man” was accused of treason and placed under house arrest.

In April 2022, Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) detained Medvedchuk after he escaped from house arrest at the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia on February 24.

He is charged with high treason, aiding terrorism and attempted plunder of national resources in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea.

As well, he’s charged with illegally seizing a section of a Ukrainian state oil pipeline.

In September 2022, Viktor Medvedchuk was exchanged for 200 Ukrainian soldiers captured by Russians.

He has long been under US sanctions for undermining Ukrainian sovereignty in 2014.

Like Medvedchuk, Taras Kozak, who fled Ukraine, is accused of treason since May 2021. He is also accused of attempted looting of national resources in Crimea. The SBU has had permission to detain Kozak since May 2021. He is under US sanctions since January 2022.

In June 2022, the SBU accused Andrii Derkach of high treason. He is suspected of creating a network of security firms that were to facilitate the Russian takeover of Ukraine.

“The MP, in particular, received funds from the General Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Federation to create private security structures that the enemy planned to use to capture Ukraine. To implement their plans, the GRU allocated 3-4 million dollars every few months. According to the investigation materials, a significant part of these funds settled in Derkach’s pockets,” the SBU said at the time.

In September 2022, Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) reported that Derkach received at least $567,000 from Russian intelligence and law enforcement agencies in 2019-2022.

“He worked off the money by committing various actions, including in the public sphere, aimed at discrediting Ukraine’s image in the international arena, deteriorating diplomatic relations between the United States and Ukraine, as well as complicating Ukraine’s integration into the European Union and NATO,” the SAPO reported.

Andrii Derkach was suspected in absentia of treason and illicit enrichment and put on the wanted list.

Earlier, in January 2021, the United States imposed sanctions on Derkach.

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In October 2022, the State Bureau of Investigation notified Renat Kuzmin that he is suspected of treason, namely — of spreading propaganda materials to the detriment of Ukraine on the eve and during the full-scale Russian invasion.

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