The investigators control the investigation of particularly important cases of the Main investigation Department of the Prosecutor General ‘s office together with employees of the SBU spent Tuesday re-searches in the case of land allocation by the so-called cooperative scheme in the building of the Kharkiv city Council, registration service of the Kharkov gorupravleniye of justice and legal addresses of a number of housing construction cooperatives (HBC), which allocated a significant amount of land, and also at the place of residence of the founding members of the HBC data, with the purpose of verifying and recording the evidence obtained by the investigation.

“The results of the searches, seized documents containing information about illegality of allocation of such land plots, and also data on the persons involved in Commission of the specified crime” – the press service of the Prosecutor General.

As reported previously the Director of the Department for information and public relations of the city Council Yuri Sidorenko told the correspondent of Agency “Interfax-Ukraine” that on Tuesday evening, the General Prosecutor’s office investigators with the power support of SBU carried out a search in several departments of the Kharkiv city Council in the case of land allocation by the so-called “cooperative scheme”.

Main investigation Department of General Prosecutor’s office of Ukraine makes pre-judicial investigation in criminal proceedings on the facts of Commission by officials of the Kharkiv city Council criminal offences under part 4 St. 190 (fraud), part 5 article 191 (assignment, waste of property or taking to them by abuse of official position), part 1 of Art. 255 (creating criminal organization), part 2 St. 364 (abuse of power or official position) the criminal code of Ukraine.

During a pretrial investigation it is established that officials of the Kharkiv city Council contrary to the requirements of applicable law, by creating for 2008-2014 years, more than 90 service cooperatives, the founders and the participants of which were persons from their close environment, contributed in the production of their legal documents and misappropriated belonging to the community. Kharkov land plots with a total area of 650 hectares worth more than 4.05 million UAH. in their own interests and the interests of others.

During a pretrial investigation it is established that to commit these criminal offences, along with other individuals involved in Deputy mayor Tatiana Ovinnikova.

23 Mar 2017 she is reported about suspicion in Commission as part of an organized group of criminal offenses under part 5 article 27, part 4 of article 190, and part 2 of article 364 of the Criminal code of Ukraine, that is aiding and abetting in misappropriation by fraud with the land plots on the territory of Kharkiv in the interests of third parties.

According to the investigation, So Ovinnikova, acting within the organized group, together with other officials, contributed to the acquisition of land plots on the territory of Kharkiv with a total area of 25,1178 ha, what caused the loss of the territorial community of the city, totaling more than 128,7 million.

June 1, 2017, the Kyiv court of appeals granted the appeal of the Prosecutor and T. Vinnikova removed from office. The next day it became known that she was dismissed from the post of Deputy and was appointed Advisor to the mayor.

On 2 June the Prosecutor General’s office handed over a suspect in the case of land allocation by the so-called cooperative scheme to the head of Department of town planning and architecture of Kharkiv city Council, who was also a Deputy Director of the Department of urban planning, architecture and land relations of Kharkiv city Council, Sergei Chechelnitsky and his Deputy.

15 September 2016 in Kharkov investigators with the power support of the SBU conducted a number of searches in the case of allocating 600 hectares of land on the so-called cooperative scheme. In particular, the search took place in the hotel “national”, where does the mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes. In addition, searches were held in several departments of the city Council.

26 Dec 2016 G. Kernes told reporters that he believes the case is politically biased.

The searches in this case took place in the city Council also in February 2017.