The United States Department of Justice has begun an investigation against corrupt Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. On May 30, 2020, journalist Rostyslav Shaposhnikov sent a statement to the U.S. Department of Justice about Avakov’s criminal activity and corruption. Over the past 6 years, Avakov has received millions of dollars from the US government to reform the Ukrainian police. Avakov created the illusion of reform and stole US financial assistance. On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division send a written response to Rostyslav Shaposhnikov and informed that information about Avakov’s crimes forwarded to the U.S. law enforcement personnel and to the U.S. Department of State as well. Journalist Rostyslav Shaposhnikov hopes that the U.S. law enforcement agencies will conduct an effective investigation of Avakov’s crimes.
The statement to the U.S. Department of Justice:
Dear William Barr:
I would like to inform you, that Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov covers the international drug cartel illegal activities. Avakov works closely with the US State Department and the FBI officials, and therefore this information is extremely important for US national security.
On May 26, 2020, in Ukraine, a group of killers tried to shoot Radoje Zvicer – one of the leaders of the Montenegrin drug clan Kavač. This foreign group of killers arrived in Ukraine in early May 2020. [appendix 5]. Prior to the attempted murder, they purchased firearms [appendix 4] and an unspecified number of vehicles and organized surveillance of their target. The main versions of the assassination attempt were the criminal activities of the victim, the possible redistribution of spheres of influence in the organization itself, as well as the conflict between the Balkan criminal clans that control drug trafficking. On May 27, Ukrainian police arrested this group of killers.
But, the Ukrainian national police and Interior Minister Arsen Avakov are trying to hide the fact that this group of killers also included the Ukrainian police sergeant Rostislav Chernobrovy [appendix 1]. He was also detained along with the killers but was later secretly illegally released. Ukrainian media published Rostislav Chernobrovy’s picture [appendix 2] and his official police identity card and driver license at the place where the killers were detained [appendix 3]. Rostislav Chernobrovy serves in the patrol police unit “Kiev”. This unit was created by Arsen Avakov in 2014. Avakov appointed his friend Yevgeny Deidei to be the commander of this unit. According to media reports, Yevgeny Deidei met this group of killers and helped them prepare for the murder, and Rostislav Chernobrovy escorted the killers and helped them escape.
In 2014, Yevheny Deidei became a member of the Ukrainian Parliament in the party of Arsen Avakov “Narodnyj Front”. In previous years, Deidei and Chernobrovy worked together [appendix 6]. In 2019 Deidei returned to work in the Ukrainian police and was appointed assistant chief of the Kyiv Police Department. [appendix 7]. Deidei has friendly relations with the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov (who commands all police officers in Ukraine). Therefore, Avakov and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine are trying to hide the participation of Deidei and his associate Rostislav Chernobrovy in a group of killers from the Balkan drug cartel.
According to the Ukrainian police database, in 2011, Yevheny Deidei was arrested for robbery with a firearm. In 2012, Deidei was convicted by the court for robbery with a firearm. When Avakov became the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in 2014, he deleted all information about Deidei’s crimes from the databases. However, as a journalist, I received a copy of a file from the Ukrainian police database with information about Deidei’s crimes. I am attaching a copy of these files to this letter [appendix 8]. Since 2014, Avakov has been recruiting criminals and corrupt people to the Ukrainian police. Today, the Ukrainian police is an organized criminal group that hunts for journalists and public activists, sells drugs, commits robberies, takes bribes, hires, and helps killers to kill people.
Unfortunately, Arsen Avakov got a trusting relationship with top US officials. Avakov constantly meets with the FBI and the US Department of State officials, receives millions of dollars in financial assistance from the United States. On April 2018 Arsen Avakov met with Director of the FBI Christopher A. Wray, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau INL James A. Walsh, Assistant Secretary of State Dr. A. Wess Mitchell, Acting Administrator for the DEA Robert W. Patterson, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Congressman Sander Levin, Congressman Andy Harris and Congressman Devin Nunes. On February 11, 2020 Avakov met with Assistant Secretary of State George P. Kent. On March 21, 2019, Arsen Avakov met with US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. On June 24, 2019, Arsen Avakov met with acting ambassador to Ukraine William B. Taylor. On January 29, 2020, Arsen Avakov met with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Jorgan K. Andrews. On February 11, 2020, Arsen Avakov met with the US representative in Ukraine Kristina A. Kvien On February 19, 2020, Arsen Avakov met with the State Department Counterterrorism Coordinator Nathan Sales. [appendix 9]
I am asking your office to investigate the illegal activities of Avakov’s organized criminal group, stop financing the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs under Avakov’s leadership, make a public statement and condemn Avakov’s crimes, ban Avakov from visiting the United States and impose sanctions against Avakov and members of his criminal group.
I am also asking your office to provide me with a written response after considering my letter.
Sincerely, Rostyslav Shaposhnikov