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Crimean Prosecutor's Office checking Portnov's involvement in occupation of peninsula

The Crimean Prosecutor's Office is verifying the possible involvement of the former first deputy head of the administration of then president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, Andriy Portnov, into a resolution of the Supreme Council of Crimea during the occupation of the peninsula, Deputy Prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Oleksandr Udovychenko said.

Speaking on the air of the Hromadske Radio about the so-called 'Glazyev's tapes', the records of a telephone conversation of aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin Sergey Glazyev, Udovychenko explained that these tapes are the materials of criminal proceedings that are being investigated by another division of the prosecutor's office, not by the Crimean Prosecutor's Office. However, according to him, this information was brought to the attention of the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and now it carries out procedural actions aimed at confirming or refuting this information.

"The tapes are the materials of a criminal case which, according to my information, is being investigated by another subdivision of the prosecutor's office, not by the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea... Any information about the peninsula of Crimea, about persons connected or possibly involved in its occupation, about those processes, which are happening now, we monitor all of them, if such information is found, it is immediately checked through investigative actions in one or another criminal proceeding. The information which you mentioned has come to our attention. Efforts are taken to either confirm or refute it," the prosecutor said.

According to media reports, the draft resolution of the Supreme Council of the Crimea during the start of the Russian occupation in 2014 was prepared by Portnov, which on March 1, 2014, Putin's aide Glazyev told his interlocutor (a Vladimir Andreevich) in a telephone conversation. This conversation was recorded by Ukrainian intelligence and promulgated by prosecutors at a meeting of the Obolonsky District Court of Kyiv on the case of former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.

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