11:31 09.12.2016

Interesting documents found among Azarov's belongings – Avakov

Interesting documents found among Azarov's belongings – Avakov

Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said among items belonging to disgraced ex-Prime Minister Mykola Azarov found in a Kyiv apartment there are "interesting documents," which will be examined.

"In addition to paintings and portraits of Azarov, his pistons and swords, there are many interesting documents, which we are studying," Avakov wrote on his Facebook page on December 8.

Avakov said he will ask investigators to turn over the artifacts, which include paintings by well-known artists, old books and antique memorabilia, to a museum after they are studied.

"Why doesn't the special confiscation [law] work already, that would allow transfer of the items to the state … is a rhetorical question, but I am certain parliament will take care of this issue in the nearest future," he said.

The minister thanked policemen and policewomen for their work.

"I positively evaluate the painstaking work of criminologists in Kyiv and police operatives for achieving the result, as well as their leaders - Vadym Troyan (acting head of the National Police of Ukraine) and Andriy Kryschenko (head of the main directorate of the National Police)."

As earlier reported, on December 8 Kyiv police investigators found an apartment in Kyiv's Darnytsky district with items belonging to disgraced ex-PM Azarov. The items found are estimated to be worth at least $5 million.

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