Ukraine Security Service Captures Viktor Medvedchuk, Leader of the Pro Russian Party in Ukraine.
"Putin's Best Friend in Ukraine" had been under house arrest on February 24th, but somehow escaped police custody a few days later.
April 13, 2022
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) released a photo of Viktor Medvedchuk in police custody. "Putin's Best friend in Ukraine" as he is known, is seen in handcuffs and wearing a military uniform.
Medvedchuk, 67, is a Ukrainian politician, lawyer, business oligarch, and current People's Deputy of Ukraine as of 29 August 2019, says Wikipedia. He is the chairman of the pro-Russian political organization Ukrainian Choice and an opponent of Ukraine joining the European Union.
He had been under house arrest on February 24th, but somehow escaped police custody a few days later.
"Medvedchuk, the godfather to Putin's children, is a highly controversial figure inside Ukraine. (president before Zelensky) Pyotr Poroshenko used him as a conduit to Putin. Zelensky blocked his media and put him under house arrest." tweeted Alex Carroll.
"Medvedchuk was for years Russia's main agent in Ukraine," tweeted Oleksiy Sorokin, a journalist at the Kyiv Independent. "He bolstered his connection to Putin, he visited the Kremlin and depicted himself as the main pro-Russian force in the country. The Russians didn't even give him a heads up before invading, and he's arrested by the SBU."