The mayor of Odessa Gennady Trukhanov still out of town.
As reported a press-service of the Odessa city Council on Monday, Truhanov went on a business trip to the Czech Republic. The corresponding decree is published on the official website of the city in the near future.
As reported, G. Truhanov went on vacation 27 Dec 2017 22 calendar days – until 18 January 2018. Since then, in Odessa, he did not appear.
Acting mayor was appointed first Deputy mayor of Odessa Anatoly Orlovsky, who repeatedly extended the vacation of G. Trukhanov, giving him, including the opportunity to leave “at own expense”.
In addition, several days in January G. Trukhanov also spent in foreign travel in Athens and Davos, where he collaborated and participated in the presentation of the “Ukrainian House” at the world economic forum.
The ex-mayor of Odessa Eduard Gurvits on January 16 stated that G. Trukhanov may not return from vacation . In his opinion, this is due to the completion of investigations about the Odessa airport and the administrative building of the plant “region” where the municipality intends to transfer employees from the center.
The General Prosecutor of Ukraine jointly with the NEB, on 12 January 2018 notified of the suspicion of the Deputy of the Odessa regional Council and his accomplice for the offer to give a bribe of $500 thousand to an employee of the NAB for removal of arrest from accounts of the subject business (the beneficiary of which is the Deputy of the Odessa regional Council) in the amount of UAH 185 million and avoiding the confiscation of the arrested funds.
In turn, the NAB said that the bribe to the employee of NABU were offered in exchange for the removal of arrest from the accounts of OOO involved, according to investigators in the corruption scheme with misappropriation of funds of the budget of Odessa. “We are talking about the money received from the sale of the Odessa city hall building at inflated prices… Remember, the building in the whole of the property complex of the state enterprise “Plant “region” in the beginning of 2016, was sold for 4 million UAH, and in September of the same year it was purchased by Odessa city hall are already over 185 million UAH”, – stated in the message Bureau.
Thus the Deputy of the Odessa regional Council Oleg Babenco, which mass-media named the suspect in the proposal $500 thousand to the employee of NABOO, denies the allegations and promises to come voluntarily to the anti-corruption Agency.
As reported, in October 2016, the Odessa city Council bought the administrative building of the former factory “region” for 185 million. The building after renovation was planned to move all structural subdivisions, which are currently located in different parts of Odessa. This, according to city hall will save at least 15 million UAH. a year on utilities, and will release approximately 20 thousand sq. m of premises in the city centre, which can be sold or leased.