The authorities in Ukraine are looking for a member of parliament. The accusation: high treason. It’s about his new job in Cherson.
In Ukraine, MP Oleksiy Kovalyov is wanted for high treason. The investigations revealed that the 33-year-old had been given the post of deputy chief of the occupation administration in the Russian-occupied Cherson region in July, the public prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday in the Telegram news service.
“The People’s Deputy of Ukraine has publicly expressed his support for the actions and decisions of the representatives of the occupation authorities on the integration of the temporarily occupied areas of the region into the Russian Federation,” the statement said.
Occupiers confirmed appointment
He faces a life sentence if convicted. Kovalyov only survived an attack apparently organized by the Ukrainian secret service in June.
Kovalyov’s appointment was announced by the Russian occupation administration on Monday. Kovalyov was elected to the Supreme Rada in 2019 via a direct mandate in the Kherson region for the presidential party Servants of the People.
In April, after returning to his home region, he was expelled from the party and parliamentary group on suspicion of cooperation with Moscow. After invading Ukraine at the end of February, Russia had conquered almost the entire Cherson region.