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The National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has opened criminal proceedings against former Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko.

The proceedings were launched in connection with the ruling of Kyiv's Solomensky district court of August 5, 2019 regarding the non-introduction of information on offenses regarding the possible abuse of official position by Yuriy Lutsenko (Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine), according to the PGO's response to the inquiry by RBC-Ukraine.

"On August 13, 2019, detectives of the National Bureau entered information into the Unified Register of Pretrial Investigations upon the fact of a possible criminal offense by the prosecutor general of Ukraine under Part 1 of Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine," the PGO's press service said.

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According to an earlier appeal by chairman of the "Servant of the People" parliamentary faction, David Arakhamia, the State Bureau of Investigation opened criminal proceedings into Lutsenko's possible abuse of official position. The proceedings concerns Lutsenko’s alleged conspiracy with a number of former deputies and other persons in the illegal gambling business.

As reported earlier, the NBC News source claimed Lutsenko was the Ukrainian official who prosecutors say urged two associates of Rudy Giuliani to push for the removal of Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was forced out in May, NBC News wrote.

Lutsenko later refuted such reports.