Ukraine takes back Vladimir Putin’s ally Viktor Medvedchuk

Ukrainian authorities have arrested Putin’s ally Viktor Medvedchuk, months after he escaped house arrest in the early days of the Russian invasion.

Medvedchuk – who claims that the Russian president is the godfather of his daughter – was placed under house arrest in Ukraine last year on treason. He escaped in February.

Following his imprisonment by security services, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday posted a photo of Medvedchuk in handcuffs and Ukrainian military fatigue on his Telegram channel, suggesting he was imprisoned again.

“A special operation was carried out thanks to the [Ukrainian Security Service], Well done! “Zelensky wrote.” Details later. Glory to Ukraine! “

He is accused of financing pro-Kremlin separatists in the Donbas region and plundering national resources in Crimea after the Russian annexation in 2014, according to the Ukrainian outlet Hromadske.

Fugitive oligarch and Russian President Vladimir Putin's close friend Viktor Medvedchuk
Vladimir Putin’s close friend Viktor Medvedchuk is seen handcuffed after a special operation was carried out by the security service of Ukraine in Ukraine.
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Fugitive oligarch and Russian President Vladimir Putin's close friend Viktor Medvedchuk
Medvedchuk was placed under house arrest in Ukraine last year on charges of treason and escaped in February.
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Viktor Medvedchuk
Viktor Medvedchuk (right) in the Kiev Court of Appeal during a hearing in Kiev on May 21, 2021.
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Viktor Medvedchuk
Medvedchuk is a longtime friend of Putin, claiming that the Russian president is the godfather of his children.
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Medvedchuk is the leader of the political party of Ukraine Opposition Platform – For Life. The movement is seen by critics as the largest pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.

The Washington Post reported in February that the party was seen as a possible pool of politicians to form a Kremlin-friendly puppet government if Russia’s invasion of Ukraine succeeds.

Medvedchuck has known Putin for more than 20 years, and has visited him several times in his Sochi dacha, the newspaper reported.


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