July 23 near Kiev there was a fire in the house of the head of the “center of counteraction of corruption” Vitaly Shabunin.
Antikorruptsionera said that there was arson, but to qualify it you need not as intentional property damage and more serious article, because the house was his parents and it could end worse.
The police opened a criminal case on the fact of arson, but considering the short circuit.
For the fire has expressed concern about President Vladimir Zelensky and the U.S. Embassy, which connect it with the pressure on activists in Ukraine.
Understood what was happening around the fire in the house of Vitaly Shabunina, who several years ago became the object of scandal.
Arson or short?
July 23, Vitaly Shabunin reported that at night unknown persons set fire to his house in the metro Slavutich. During the fire the house was only the parents who managed to run out. According to antikorruptsionera a neighbor heard the sound of an explosion and saw how flushed entrance.
“Especially for avakovskih experts: exactly two weeks ago the gas company checked the meter and all connections” – posted by Vitaliy Shabunin, hinting that the reason PE is not a domestic gas explosion.
In the internal help of the police, which was in possession of “the Country”, says the message about the fire one-storey houses on the territory of Garden society “Zlagoda” (Gnedenko of the village Council in Boryspil district of Kyiv region) on the line “102” received on 23 July at 04:26.
The document is intended, again, for internal use, it is said that during the inspection of the house explosive devices, or their remains were found.
In the end the law enforcers consider two versions of the fire.
According to the preliminary version of employees of the SES, the origin of the fire could be a short wide wooden threshold of the house held the power supply wires.
Another version is considering arson, associated with the professional activities of Vitaly Shabunina. It was an open case. But Vitaly Shabunin with such qualifications do not agree.
“Arson on the night of the house where people sleep – it’s not about property damage. Thank God that the neighbor didn’t sleep at 2:30 in the morning that the children were not at home that the father in time to shut off the gas to the house. All could have been much worse” – he wrote.
Also the head of the “center of counteraction of corruption” published the photos after a fire made inside the house.
“Inside the house is worse than outside. For the life he” wrote Vitaly Shabunin and added that the house was not insured because it did not reach his hands.
That said Zelensky and the U.S. Embassy
On the burning of the house of the head of the “center of counteraction of corruption” responded President Vladimir Zelensky. The corresponding statement appeared on his page in Facebook.
“I will be very Frank. The parental home of activist Vitaly Shabunin, who was cynically set on fire – a clear sign that our society may never recover after numerous tragedies and social upheaval. Can not abandon the uncivilized forms clarify the relationship. Can’t stop playing in demonstrative violence”, – stated in the message of the President. That is, he adheres to the version of arson.
He added that personally he is “worried and upset”.
“Yes, I understand that this happens in other countries, but Ukraine, in my opinion, should have come out of the era of conflict. Obviously, each case casts a shadow on the reputation of our state, in our new institutions of government and especially in our law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, this is a really bad story. Because, regardless of the views, positions, social activity, every person in our country has an absolute right to privacy and his, and their homes” – said in a statement on the official website of the President.
Zelensky said that waiting for your prompt and professional responses from police: “Who did this? Why was this done? And why is this “someone” is so blatantly behaves in relation primarily to public activists… the Perpetrators must be found and punished. So – to find and punish. And we – society – still need to learn tolerance towards those who have their position on controversial issues. And who expresses it actively and regularly.”
Even before the US Embassy also expressed concern over attacks on activists.
“We are concerned about recent suspicious attacks against political figures and civil society representatives. Urge law enforcement authorities to thoroughly investigate these cases and ensure the prosecution of all involved. In a prosperous democratic society citizens should have the opportunity to Express opinions without fear for their physical safety,” reads the statement of the Embassy on Twitter.
Note that so far neither the Embassy nor the President Zelensky did not respond to other attacks. For example, in beatings of activists of the “party of Sharia”, or the attacks on the offices of “Opposition For life” and on individual deputies from this political force.
Embassy of the United States (followed by the President of Ukraine) made a statement only after a fire in the house Shabunina, which, as you know, has close ties with American institutions.
This has given rise to numerous comments about the double standards of violence against activists from the Ukrainian government, which does not notice some of the attacks and then responds promptly to others.
The scandal with the house Shabunina
In 2016, around the house of Vitaly Shabunina scandal. The Chairman of the “Center of counteraction of corruption” accused in the dubious purchase of a house near Kiev. The mansion was worth $ 250 thousand in income in Shabunina to $ 1500 per month.
He later showed the house to the edition “New time” and said that in fact the house is worth 85 thousand dollars, and the money he got from selling the old apartment, and took my parents.
The scandal erupted after the activists of “Automaidan” published video, which showed the plot of land in Boryspil district of Kyiv region acquired by Shabunin in 2014. Activists have noticed that this area is not included in the electronic Declaration.
Said house, with an area of 122 square meters, appeared in the Declaration antikorruptsionera in 2016. He, as well as the plot of land was on Vitaly Shabunina and his wife (formerly the house and land was issued only on to a spouse.). The cost of garden house specified in the Declaration, 2 034 420 UAH, the cost of land – 292 528 UAH.
Until 2016 in the Declaration antikorruptsionera was provided apartment in Kiev area of 44 sq m, owned by his wife. From 2017 this property in the Declaration there, but in 2016 listed the income from the sale of real estate – 839 385 UAH.
Vitaly Shabunin said that the noise around his house – is part of discrediting him and the “Center of counteraction of corruption”. According to him, this is former MP Mykola Martynenko.
Who is Vitaly Shabunin
“Center of counteraction of corruption” was founded in 2012. Among the main sources of funding – the US government, the government of the EU countries, private international foundations and charitable donations from individuals and legal entities.
And donations are very considerable.
During the entire period of existence the Centre has developed almost three million dollars (2 922 651). The largest donor are the structures of American billionaire George Soros Foundation “Renaissance” and “open society”, which collectively spent on CPC 650 thousand dollars. One of the donors is directly to the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.
The most famous representatives of the CPC is Vitaly Shabunin and Daria kaleniuk, who leads the program “Schemes” to “Radio Liberty”. Also the people from CTC are the people’s Deputy from “the Voice” Alexander Ustinov, as well as the people’s Deputy from “public Servants”, the head of the parliamentary Committee on anti-corruption policy Anastasia Krasnosel’skaya.
And Shabunina associated with a number of scandals. The main one being the suspicion of embezzlement by the US government to reform the Prosecutor General’s office.
On the Shabunin recalled in their investigations and adviser to trump Giuliani.
Also Vitaly Shabunin appeared in the declarations of the Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko, who claimed that U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch claimed not to attract anti-corruption activists to justice.
He said denies all charges and considers them to be revenge for his anti-corruption activities.
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