15:44 Jul. 16, 2016
Andriy Marusov believes the assault is connected with his professional activity
Head of the Ukrainian branch of Transparency International anti-corruption watch dog Andriy Marusov was attacked twice in downtown Kyiv late on July 15 and in the morning of July 16.
Marusov is sure the assault is connected with his professional activity. The attacker stole his laptop with important files concerning the current activity of Transparency International and the organization's archive.
"I consider this as a pressure at Ukraine's department of Transparency International related to its principled anti-corruption activity…we are an uncomfortable organization for many," Marusov wrote on his Facebook.
Transparency International condemned the return of a military prosecutor Kostiantyn Kulyk to his post. The National Anti-Corruption Bureau suspects Kulyk of corruption and illegal enrichment.
Marusov said that Kulyk and Chief Executive Prosecutor Anatoly Matios recently publicly accused Vitaly Kasko, a member of Transparency International board of directors, of meddling the investigation of corruption activity of oligarch Sergiy Kurchenko.
Earlier, the same accusations also voiced lawmaker Serhiy Pashynsky, head of the parliament committee on security and defence.
"I don't believe these events just randomly coincided though I don't have documented proof that robbery and attacks were intentionally directed," Marusov said.
Yana Semenyuk, deputy head of the Kyiv police press service, said the police registered Marusov's complaints at about 2 am on July 16 and opened a criminal investigation on theft suspects.
Reporting by KyivPost