As has already been reported, Nikolai Melnichenko, former officer of Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma’s guard, has for many months tapped Ukraine’s head of state. According to Ukrainian MP Bogdan Boiko, Mr. Melnichenko is now staying on the territory of one of NATO bases – he would not say where exactly. In his words, he obtained this information from members of the Ukrainian diaspora currently working at government agencies in a number of foreign countries, RIA Novosti reports. Mr. Boiko alleges that the illegal taping to President Kuchna’s conversations with high-ranking officials has been carried out starting from 1998. In this activity, according to the deputy, Mr. Melnichenko “was assisted by NATO’s secrete services.” Mr. Boiko assesses the above tapping and its subsequent divulging as a preparation of a coup to overthrow Mr. Kuchma.
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