Ukraine opens criminal cases against Zyuganov and Zhirinovsky for funding separatism
The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has launched criminal proceedings against Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov and LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister, Zorian Shkiriak, has said.
"The Main Investigation Department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry has opened criminal proceedings against Russian citizens Gennady Zyuganov and Vladimir Zhirinovsky," he told Interfax-Ukraine on Friday.
Shkiriak said that these individuals were charged with "financing actions aimed at changing the boundaries of the territory and the state border of Ukraine."
The minister's adviser promised to give more detailed information later on Friday.
On July 22, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's Main Investigation Department had opened criminal cases against Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and businessman Konstantin Malofeyev based on the article dealing with "the creation of illegal militarized or armed groups" and "being an accomplice in a crime."