Ukraine’s Internal Affairs Ministry reacted non-standard to the arrest by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) of the son of the minister of the law enforcement agency, Alexander Avakov. In an official statement, the police department accused the NABU leadership of the continuation of the “hybrid war” and the attempt to “restore the old corrupt system.”
This is perhaps next door the first time when the “hand of Moscow” is not being sought, and those ruling are beginning to blame each other in an open manner.
In the message of the Ministry of Internal Affairs it is asserted that in the offices of Sergey Chebotar (Arsen Avakov’s ex-deputy) and Alexander Avakov, searches were carried out, the formal reason for which was the long-standing case of 2015 for the purchase of backpacks for fighters of the ‘ATO’.
At that, Avakov senior is not at all embarrassed that the firm associated with his son received such serious state orders, nevertheless, he reduces the actions of NABU to political violence, in which he eventually blames the president of Ukraine.
The relationship between Avakov and Poroshenko has long become problematic and worsened, apparently after a breakthrough of the state border by Mikhail Saakashvili. The President of Ukraine considered that the Minister of Internal Affairs did not specifically instruct the team to stop Georgia’s ex-president and his comrades. Poroshenko could claim such an opinion after the police allowed the installation of protest tents under the Verkhovna Rada.
The situation even more exacerbated on the morning of October 31, when Avakov announced that he was withdrawing the Ministry of Internal Affairs forces from the protection of the protest near the Verkhovna Rada. The response of the Ukrainian president, which is openly spoken by the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada, did not take long to wait: at lunch on the same day, investigators of NABU searched the apartment of Avakov Jr., after which he was detained.
It’s worth remembering that right now there an action to block Poroshenko’s business is taking place. Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada from the Samopomich (Self-help) faction Semyon Semenchenko and Yegor Sobolev hankered after the most sacred for Poroshenko – the Roshen corporation. And Avakov is silently watching what is happening from the side, which the Ukrainian president does not like for sure.
Some Ukrainian politicians and oligarchs, who were torn off from the power trough, successfully knocked together Poboshenko and Avakov, which they had long been waiting for. This political show, no doubt, will continue, but it is unlikely to decorate Ukraine. And it will be, as usual, according to folk wisdom: “the masters are fighting, and peasants’ scalplocks are bursting.”
Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy