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Poroshenko Sues TOM14 and Volodymyr Zelenskyi

July 8 – According to the District Administrative Court of Kyiv’s website, lawyers for former President Petro Poroshenko launched a court action “to recognize the illegal inaction of the non-governmental organization TOM14 (Bihus.info) on non-disclosure of information of public interest, namely data (sources of information, etc.) from audio recordings of the Viktor Medvedchuk telephone conversations featured in the “Our Money” program.” The plaintiff is asking the court to oblige Tom14 to publish all of these audio recordings, in the apparent belief that the recordings that were already broadcast and posted online were edited or not broadcast in full. The claim also asks the court to force President Zelenskyi to disclose information of public interest, which he mentioned in general in an interview with 1+1 TV channel in June, specifically information from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and other intelligence agencies of Ukraine about Petro Poroshenko.

The Bihus.info broadcasts, on May 17 and 24, 2021, contained recordings of conversations that took place between 2014 and 2017 in which Viktor Medvedchuk, currently under house arrest on suspicion of high treason, is heard claiming that he was closely coordinating with then President Poroshenko as a basis for his negotiations with senior representatives of the Russian government and occupying authorities in Luhansk and Donetsk. In the May 24 broadcast, Medvedchuk is heard discussing taking control of the Ukrainian part of the Samara–West oil pipeline in 2015. In the segment, Bihus.info speculated that Poroshenko might have been interested in this as compensation for the loss of his shipyard in Sevastopol after the annexation of Crimea by Russia.

Denys Bihus, head of “TOM14,” denied that there are any more recordings other than the ones he has already posted on YouTube.

In May this year, the press service of Poroshenko’s European Solidarity political party called the second part of Bihus.info’s “Medvedchuk Recordings” TV investigation “fake,” claiming the recordings were leaked by the Office of the President of Ukraine to discredit former President Poroshenko.

More on the UA:PBC online site in Ukrainian.

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