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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fast & Furious & Free? (Updated)

Case Summary
Date of crime: May 15, 2009
Artem Kryvoruchko
Age: 23
Mercedes ML 63 AMG ($100,000)

Raced around town like crazy all night; hit other vehicles; made threats using a knife

Political affiliation:
stepson of MP Ihor Lysov (PRU)

Another rich lawless mazhor rocks Kyiv. Luckily, no casualties this time. Police caught him in the nick of time. Actually, they say they spent the whole night chasing him.

At about 4:00 a.m. on May 15, he hits a road washer and starts arguing with its driver. Two guys, watching from a nearby car, decide to step in. He pulls a knife on them. They jump back into their car and speed away. He pursues them and hits them with his car. They hit him with plastic bullets. Finally, police arrive and use pepper spray to subdue him.

Nice T-shirt!

Artem Kryvoruchko is currently being charged with “disorderly conduct that put lives in danger.” But this may change. He happens to be the stepson of MP Ihor Lysov (PRU), a local businessman and former Kyiv mayor Omelchenko's deputy. Lysov did not immediately return phone calls. Neither did his assistant.

Later, in comments to Ukrayinska Pravda and Korrespondent, MP Lysov said this:

I haven’t made a single phone call and I won’t. He will be held responsible for his deeds. Let the court make the final decision.

The information I have is controversial. The incident was witnessed by many people, and the truth will be revealed at the court hearings.

To purify himself, Artem has to undergo the punishmet that the court will set, and it will be his lesson for the rest of his life.

Artem lives on his own and makes a living on his own. But I will do everything so that nothing of the kind will happen in the future.

Sounds too good to be true.

Kryvoruchko has been released on an order from Pechersk District Court in Kyiv, on condition of not leaving town. The prosecution plans to appeal.


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