Poroshenko Dismisses 1st Deputy Chief of Foreign Intelligence
The First Deputy Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service Serhiy Semochko was alleged to have accepted bribes and having possible connections with Russia
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced the dismissal of First Deputy Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service Serhiy Semochko.
Today at Olympiyskiy Stadium he said that he had dismissed Semochko on Friday, Ukrinform reports.
Semochko has held top positions in the Foreign Intelligence Service since 2015, following his transfer to Kyiv from Crimea after its annexation in 2014.
The TV program Nashi Groshi said that his family owns three villas near Kyiv, which have a total value of $8 million. The family leads a luxurious lifestyle and often uses a private helicopter.
The reporters said they found evidence that eight of Semochko’s relatives have Russian citizenship.
NABU director Artem Sitnik said that detectives instituted criminal proceedings against Semochko for liability for the receipt of an unlawful benefit by an official in a significant amount or the transfer of such benefits to his or her relatives in the absence of signs of bribery.