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Newsline: Ukraine’s diplomat in Slovakia fired in smuggling case

The First Secretary of Ukraine’s embassy in Slovakia, Oksana Lishchyshyn had been fired over her reported involvement in a cigarette smuggling case, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said, according to local news agency Yevropeyska Pravda. ‘She was dismissed for breaking the oath, linking it to the smuggling episode. The results of an internal investigation are the reasons for it’, Prystaiko said. Oksana Lishchyshyn’s activity is also investigated by Ukrainian prosecutors. Last May border guards discovered USD 35,000 worth of cigarettes in a car, driven by a Ukrainian man holding diplomatic passports, at the Ukrainian-Hungarian border. This was reported by the State Fiscal Service in the Zakarpattia region. The driver turned out to be Oksana Lishchyshyn’s husband, who said the vehicle had a diplomatic cargo and he refused to grant the customs officials access to his car without permission and presence of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry representatives. Report claims it was Oksana Lishchyshyn who had signed a letter confirming that the detainee transported a diplomatic cargo in his car.



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