In the summer of 2010, shortly after the arrest of the former head of the Ukrainian customs Anatoly Makarenko in his cell in the Lukyanivka prison has come «facilitator» a senior official from the regime of Viktor Yanukovych. «Mediator» suggested Makarenko freedom in exchange for testimony against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
About it in interview to the edition «GORDON» he said Makarenko, head of the customs office in 2009-2010 and 2014-2015.
«I was taken to Lukyanivka prison in a tiny cell of two by four metres «vyshkov» – so was called the USSR sentenced to death. When the death penalty was abolished, this camera kept «pyzhikov» – sentenced to life. Why into this chamber? The psychological moment – to suppress the will. First you spend some time in a camera, and after there is a «good friend» is the intermediary who says: they say so and so, everything will be fine, just need to make a deal,» – said Makarenko.
According to him, the «transaction» involves 14 items, including charges against Tymoshenko and the ban to communicate with journalists.
«It was 14 items, the main of which – to declare publicly that I acted according to the criminal policy of Tymoshenko and not under the law as it really is. Then I was asked not to meet with journalists and tell about the case, not to leave the country, clearly States that I have to speak in court, and so on. In General, a detailed sequence of actions under which I would be released from prison,» – said Makarenko.
The former head of the customs office refused to answer a question of journalists, whether it was a «mediator» from the then Chairman of the SBU and business partner, Dmitry Firtash Valery Khoroshkovsky. Makarenko stressed that the deal did not go.
«From who exactly came up with the intermediary from Khoroshkovsky? I will not say. In any case, I’m the mediator sent in plain text. The first few days spent in prison, not knowing what’s going on with the family: no wife, no son, no lawyer for me is not allowed», – concluded Makarenko.
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In the summer of 2010, when President Viktor Yanukovych, Makarenko was arrested and charged with the illegal customs clearance of 11 billion cubic meters of natural gas of company RosUkrEnergo, owned by oligarch Dmitry Firtash. Customs clearance took place in 2009 according to the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers headed by Yulia Tymoshenko.
Makarenko held in the Lukyanivka prison one year and 13 days. In the summer of 2012 the former head of customs, was sentenced to four years of imprisonment conditionally.
March 3, 2014, after the flight of Yanukovych and the victory of the Euromaidan, according to the decision of the Pechersk district court of Kyiv Makarenko were released from criminal liability and recognized as a criminal record.
5 Jun 2014 Makarenko was appointed Deputy Chairman of the State fiscal service of Ukraine, oversaw the customs direction. Was dismissed after almost 10 months, March 23, 2015.
The former head of the customs Makarenko: to get out of prison, I was asked to say that I acted according to the criminal policy of Tymoshenko. I sent them 13.07.2017