Ukraine detains head of state energy firm: Minister

Ukraine's interior minister said on Friday, March 21, 2014, that police had detained the head of the Naftogaz state oil and gas company on suspicion of embezzling at least US$4 billion (S$5 billion) during the rule of ousted president Viktor Yanukoyc
Ukraine's interior minister said on Friday, March 21, 2014, that police had detained the head of the Naftogaz state oil and gas company on suspicion of embezzling at least US$4 billion (S$5 billion) during the rule of ousted president Viktor Yanukoych. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's interior minister said on Friday that police had detained the head of the Naftogaz state oil and gas company on suspicion of embezzling at least US$4 billion (S$5 billion) during the rule of ousted president Viktor Yanukoych.

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a statement published on his Facebook account that Naftogaz chief Yevgen Bakulin is suspected of heading a "criminal group" whose members include other senior current and former Ukrainian government members.