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    Poroshenko, Klitschko May Face Court Trial for Ukrainian Coup Organization

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    Former adviser to the former president of Ukraine, Andriy Portnov, is planning to file a lawsuit against Poroshenko and Vitali Klitschko at an Austrian court. According to Portnov, Poroshenko and Klitschko made a deal in 2014 in Vienna to dissolve the Ukrainian parliament and seize the power after the coup.

    A former deputy chief of staff and adviser to ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, Andriy Portnov, is going to bring a criminal case against the current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko.

    The former Ukrainian official has accused both of them of conspiracy, which they supposedly hatched in Vienna in March 2014, Kurier reported.

    After the overthrow of Yanukovych in February 2014, Portnov was a subject to political persecution by the new Ukrainian authorities. He was charged with "participation in mass murders" of demonstrators and included in the "black list" of the EU. Portnov was able to refute the charges, and sanctions against him were lifted on March 6, 2015.

    According to the newspaper, Portnov is now planning to shoot back and file a criminal case against the two country’s officials.  He claims that both of them agreed on "illegal sharing of power and the dissolution of parliament" and that all these plans have been implemented.

    The agreement was supposedly reached in March 2014 in Vienna. Thus, the case can be considered by an Austrian court, despite the fact that the damage was caused to Ukraine.

    "If anyone would organize a plot to kill the US president Barack Obama in Vienna, this also would be within our competence," a Vienna public prosecutor stated, probably implying that Portnov has high chance of winning the case, Kurier wrote.

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