Addressing journalists during Jan. 24 court hearings, ex-Interior Minister Yury Lutsenko said the police are spying on his family and friends, Ukrayinska Pravda reports the same day.
“Ironically, deputy prosecutor-general Renat Kuzmin who accused me of illegally investigating the Davydenko case, blessed the police to illegally keep my friends and family under surveillance,” Lutsenko said.“In my case, spying on Davydenko was legal and was approved by prosecutors and the ruling by the court of appeals,” the ex-minister explained. “In my time as interior minister, I stopped political surveillance by the police. Now, this authoritarian practice has been revived. It is fraught with danger to anyone, just recall Georgy Gongadze,” Yury Lutsenko said.