Boguslaev may be exchanged for Ukrainian prisoners of war - Podolyak

12:13 25 October Kyiv, Ukraine

Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, does not rule out the possible exchange of Vyacheslav Boguslayev, who was arrested on suspicion of collaborationism and complicity of the Russian Federation, the president of Motor Sich, for the Ukrainian military.
Podolyak said this on the air of Current Time.

Answering a journalist's question whether Boguslaev, who has Russian citizenship, would participate in the exchange of prisoners, Podolyak drew an analogy with the godfather of the Russian president, Viktor Medvedchuk.
"I hope that we will use every opportunity to release our guys, " Podolyak said.
So it is not necessary to exclude the possibility of an exchange, the official added.
"If necessary, we will do everything to take away real citizens of Ukraine. Real ones, not these fictitious dressed up red directors. These subjects can also be included in the exchange list," Podolyak said.
What is known
  • On October 22, the Security Service of Ukraine detained Vyacheslav Boguslayev, president of the Zaporizhzhya Motor Sich plant, which specializes in the production and repair of aircraft gas turbine engines for helicopters and aircraft. He is accused of collaborative activities and complicity with the aggressor state.
  • The Shevchenkovsky District Court of Kyiv took Vyacheslav Boguslayev, President of Motor Sich, into custody for 60 days, who was detained on suspicion of collaborationism and benefits to the aggressor state.
  • Shevchenkovsky district court of Kyiv decided to elect Boguslaev a measure of restraint in closed session. The prosecutors filed a petition for this, explaining the need for the fact that defense orders would be discussed during the court session, the disclosure of information about which in war conditions could harm the country.
  • Investigative journalists of the Schemes project found out that Boguslaev received citizenship of the Russian Federation back in 2000. At the same time, since acquiring citizenship of the Russian Federation, Boguslaev has not only been the head of the Motor Sich corporation, but has also been a confidant of the presidential candidate of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, since 2006 he has been a people's deputy of four convocations in a row.
  • In addition, being a people's deputy, Boguslaev was a member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defense. Occupying these positions, Vyacheslav Boguslaev had access to state secrets.