Olha Lotiuk, a law professor entrusted to help select candidate judges for appointment by the president to the Constitutional Court, has disclosed purchasing a luxury three-room apartment in Kyiv’s coveted Novopecherski Lypky neighborhood for UAH 12 million ($330,000) back in 2022. She also received a 450-square-meter house in the Holosiyivskyi district of Kyiv as a gift, Slidstvo.Info journalists learned from her declaration for 2023.

Olha Lotiuk

In early September 2022, Lotiuk purchased an apartment in one of the most prestigious residential complexes in the center of Kyiv. The three-room apartment with an area of 119.3 square meters in the Novopecherski Lypky residential complex cost her UAH 12 million (about $330,000 at the NBU exchange rate on the date of purchase).

At that time, Olha Lotiuk was only the head of the Department of Constitutional Law at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, so she has no declaration for 2022. However, in 2023, Lotiuk indicated that she received UAH 625,000 ($21,186) from her teaching activities.

Lotiuk also included her adult daughter, Tetiana Novak, in her declaration. She works in the Prosecutor General’s Office as a chief specialist. In 2023, Novak earned UAH 336,000 ($9,129) and received UAH 470,000 ($12,770) in assistance from her father.

As of the end of 2023, Olha Lotiuk had $38,000 and €15,000 in cash. Her daughter Tetiana had $40,000 and €40,000 in cash and a collection of luxury wristwatches, including Omega (unspecified model), Rolex Oyster, and Cartier Panthère de Cartier.

Lotiuk also owns a 2020 Range Rover Evoque, and her daughter has the same car, though it was made in 2019.

Illustrative photo / Range Rover Evoque 2019

In addition, as the journalists managed to find out, in January 2024, Lotiuk became the owner of a house with an area of almost 450 square meters in the Holosiyivskyi district of Kyiv, according to a gift deed.

The Slidstvo.Info journalists investigated the said real estate in more detail. Both properties were found to be owned at different times by Halyna Vasylivna Onishchuk, born in 1946. In her declaration for 2017, Olha Lotiuk herself indicated her place of residence in a 119.3-square-meter apartment (then owned by Onishchuk).

Lotiuk’s 2017 declaration

The 450-square-meter house, according to the historical certificate for real estate, as of 2019, was also owned by the same Halyna Vasylivna Onishchuk.

At one time, Lotiuk briefly combined lecturing with her work as an assistant to Mykola Onishchuk, a member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the IV, V, VI convocations (2002-2007) on a pro bono basis (without charge). When Onishchuk became minister of justice (from December 2007 to March 2010), Lotiuk was also his assistant. It has not been established whether Mykola and Halyna Onishchuk are related.

After graduating from the Law Faculty of the National University of Kyiv in 1998, Olha Lotiuk has been lecturing at the University continuously since then. In the 2019 presidential election, Lotiuk was a member of the Central Election Commission from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction.

In addition, the lecturer’s father, Stepan Lotiuk, is a former head of the Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office who retired in the late 1990s as deputy prosecutor general. According to journalists, the departments in which Stepan Lotiuk was involved helped to implement a scheme to transfer half a hectare of land in Kyiv’s Pecherskyi district, which belonged to the Ministry of Defense, into private ownership.

At the same time, according to media reports, Stepan Lotiuk is a person associated with the notoriously scandal-ridden former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. Together with Shokin, he co-founded the Ukrainian Association of Prosecutors.

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