19 January 2018, Friday, 14:31

Corrupt rector from Ukraine flees to Belarus using his brother's passport


Petro Melnyk, who was put on the international wanted list, arrived in Belarus using his brother's passport.

The news appeared on Friday on the Ukrainian website gazeta.ua.

The website published a photo of a notice on crossing the Ukrainian-Belarusian border by P. Melnyk. In accordance with the document, a vehicle VAZ 2105 with driver Piotr Grinevich arrived at the border checkpoint Gorodishche at 03:15 on August 9. The ex-rector was a passenger. The car crossed the border through the green channel.

The document shows that Petro Melnyk underwent a customs check at 3 a.m. August 9 at Gorodishche checkpoint using the passport of his brother Oleksandr Melnyk, but showed his own passport at the Belarusian checkpoint Verkhni Terebezhov at 5 a.m.

An earlier suggestion that ex-rector of the National University of State Tax Service was in Belarus was made by former Ukrainian ambassador to Minsk Roman Bezsmertny. The same information came from sources in the Kyiv police.

Petro Melnyk was detained on July 27 as a result of a joint operation by the internal security department of the Ministry of Revenues and Duties and organised crime unit of Ukraine's Interior Ministry. He extorted bribes of UAH40,000 and 80,000 from two Ukrainians to enroll their relatives to the university.

On August 1, Kyiv's Pechersky District Court placed Melnyk under house arrest until trial. Petro Melnyk was reported on August 9 to have removed his monitoring device and escaped. Ukraine's Interior Ministry put him on the national wanted list. The interpol placed him on the international wanted list on August 14.