Zelenskyy dismisses Prosecutor General and Head of Security Service

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KATERYNA TYSHCHENKO – SUNDAY, 17 JULY 2022, 21:55

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, has dismissed Iryna Venediktova from her role as Prosecutor General and Ivan Bakanov from his position as the head of the Security Service of Ukraine.

Source: presidential decrees

Details: One decree states that Venediktova was removed from her position as the Prosecutor General of Ukraine in accordance with the second part of Article 11 of the Law on the Legal Regime of Martial Law.

In another decree, President Zelenskyy appointed Oleksii Symonenko, Deputy Prosecutor General, as Acting Prosecutor General.

President Zelenskyy also removed Ivan Bakanov, head of the Security Service of Ukraine, from his position.

"According to Article 47 of the disciplinary statute of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, signed into law on 24 March 1999 as law No. 551–XIV, Ivan Hennadiovych Bakanov is hereby removed from his position as head of the Security Service of Ukraine," the decree read.

Previously: In late June, commenting on reports that Bakanov might be dismissed, Zelenskyy said that the leadership of the Security Service or any other law enforcement department would depend on the outcome of an assessment of their activity.

In 2021, Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksii Symonenko attended the birthday celebrations of Oleh Tatarov, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine.

Earlier, Symonenko oversaw the handing over of Tatarov’s case from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine to the Security Service of Ukraine [an event the National Anti-Corruption Bureau called "unprecedented" at the time - ed.].