“Valeriy Ivaschenko was granted political asylum under the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. The Foreign Ministry of Denmark laconically commented on the issue by confirming the information. The fact that the decision on granting asylum to Ivaschenko was made quickly shows that the migration service of Denmark understood the situation clearly,” reads the article.

Ivaschenko told the publication in an interview that statements of Western countries and the EU leaders, as well as a resolution approved by PACE in early 2012, contributed significantly to the process of providing him with asylum. PACE’s resolution reads that the Ivaschenko case was unfair and the articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, under which Ivaschenko, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and other former officials were charged, are unacceptable.


On April 12, 2012, Kyiv’s Pechersky District Court sentenced Ivaschenko to five years in prison banning him at the same time from occupying government and administrative positions for three years. Ivaschenko’s pretrial detention since Aug. 21, 2010 has been counted toward the prison term set by the court, according to Article 82 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

On Aug. 14, 2012, Kyiv Court of Appeals replaced the five-year imprisonment for Ivaschenko with a suspended sentence with a one-year probation period.

On March 12, 2013, the Higher Specialized Court of Ukraine for Criminal and Administrative Cases will hear Ivaschenko’s appeal against his sentence.

While serving as an acting defense minister in November 2009, Ivaschenko signed a financial recovery plan for the Feodosia Ship and Mechanical Plant drawn up by a former head of the plant’s financial recovery procedures. The document envisioned the sale of government property, including three berths, a bomb shelter, and a building for the storage of mobilization reserves.

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