Update on Kolomiyia Ukraine
WASHINGTON, DC, May 18, 2020 

TO: NCSEJ Leadership

FROM: Daniel Rubin, Chairman;
Mark B. Levin, Executive Vice-Chairman & CEO
Lesley Weiss, Deputy Director

As a follow up to our alert concerning the situation in Kolomiyia, Ukraine where a local police official requested that members of the Jewish community provide their home and email addresses, we learned today from NCSEJ Kyiv Representative Ilya Beruchko that the official was dismissed from his post. The initial request to the Jewish community was part of a police investigation into organized crime. The Jewish community of Kolomiyia refused to provide the information.

Colonel Myhaylo Bank was head of the Regional Department of Strategic Investigations for the Ivano Frankivsk region. According to an announcement by Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov,  Bank was suspended during the internal investigation, has now been dismissed, but is still part of the police force.

We will keep you apprised of any further developments in this matter.

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