Ukraine Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka announced on Wednesday that his office has widened its investigation into Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky, Reuters is reporting. The investigation will now follow up on claims that Burisma Holdings embezzled state funds, including some $33 million from the Central Bank. Ryaboshapka also said the investigation was on hold at the moment because Zlochevsky's current whereabouts could not be determined.
After he took office in late August, Ryaboshapka launched a wide-ranging audit of criminal cases to see whether they had been conducted properly. Thirteen of them relate to Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky, Ryaboshapka told reporters at a briefing on Wednesday.
Burisma did not respond to a request for comment.
Ryaboshapka’s predecessors oversaw a series of investigations into Zlochevsky, a multimillionaire former minister of ecology and natural resources. The allegations concern tax violations, money-laundering and licences given to Burisma during the period where Zlochevsky was a minister.