Ukrainian police have opened a second criminal case against former adviser to the Presidential Office Alexei Arestovich.
Arestovich’s name is not mentioned in the police statement. The UNIAN agency reports that we are talking about a conflict between Arestovich and Verkhovna Rada deputy Natalya Pipa. In the summer, Pipa made a remark to a teenager from Odessa who was performing Viktor Tsoi’s songs in Russian on the street in Lvov. The musician responded by insulting Pipa, after which she contacted the police.
Soon after the conflict, Arestovich contacted the State Bureau of Investigation of Ukraine and accused Pipa of inciting ethnic hatred. After this, about 30 deputies contacted the police with a statement against Arestovich in connection with a false report of a criminal offense.
Arestovich has not yet commented on the police report.
Earlier, Verkhovna Rada deputy Inna Sovsun filed a complaint against Arestovich with the police. The reason was a video in which the ex-adviser made unflattering comments about women. According to Sovsun, Arestovich violated the article of the Criminal Code of Ukraine on the spread of intolerance and discrimination. The former adviser to the Ukrainian president denied all accusations.
According to the latest information, Arestovich is abroad.
Alexey Arestovich resigned from his post as presidential adviser in January. According to polls, he was one of the three most popular politicians in Ukraine: ahead of him were only President Vladimir Zelensky and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny. Before his resignation, on the YouTube channel Feigin Live, Arestovich said that the Russian missile that destroyed the entrance to a residential building in the Dnieper, resulting in the deaths of dozens of people, fell on the house because it was shot down by the Ukrainian air defense system. Representatives of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense denied this: according to them, there was a direct hit by a missile. The Verkhovna Rada demanded that Arestovich be fired, saying that his actions harm the country. Arestovich first apologized for the words he said on air, citing fatigue, but then withdrew his apology.