Mykola Zlochevsky, who served as the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources under the Yanukovych administration and the owner of the largest gas producing company in Ukraine, Burisma Holdings, has returned to Ukraine, as reported by Ekonomichna Pravda citing a source familiar with the situation.
“He came to Kyiv recently and has already held several meetings,” the source informed.
Zlochevsky left Ukraine at the end of 2014 due to the criminal proceedings against him for embezzlement. In January 2015 the General Prosecutor’s Office declared put him on a wanted list.
In late December 2016, a journalist from TSN news program, Olha Vasylevsla reported that Zlochevsky was seen in the company of a Deputy from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, Ihor Kononenko in a restaurant in Vienna. Kononenko himself denied that he met with the wanted ex-minister of Ecology.
After this meeting, the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine removed a file regarding his criminal investigation at the request of the General Prosecutor’s Office.
In January 2017, Burisma announced the completion of all proceedings and court cases in Ukraine against Zlochevsky and operating companies within the Burisma Group.