The son of District Administrative Court of Kyiv (OASK) judge Yevhen Ablov, Ivan, who was recently put on the wanted list by law enforcement on murder charges, has surrendered to the police. On January 15, the Kyivskyi District Court of Odesa imposed a pre-trial restriction on Ivan Ablov, a Slidstvo.Info journalist reported from the courtroom.

On January 15, the Kyivskyi District Court of Odesa imposed a pre-trial restriction on Ivan Ablov who is suspected of premeditated murder committed on New Year’s Eve. Judge Yuliya Feduleyeva approved the prosecutor’s request to confine Ivan Ablov to custody until March 3, 2024, without the right to post bail.

According to’s sources, 27-year-old Ivan Ablov turned up at a police station. He allegedly did not know that he was wanted.

Ivan Ablov

Earlier, the National Police officially put the son of OASK judge Yevhen Ablov on the wanted list. According to law enforcement, Ivan Ablov was celebrating on New Year’s Eve with acquaintances in a country cottage in Odesa Oblast. According to media reports, during the party, a dispute arose between the son of the infamous judge and athlete Ihor Herhel. Ablov Jr. reportedly stabbed the man to death with a kitchen knife and fled the scene. 

Ihor Herhel, photo from 2011

Relatives of the murdered man have not yet commented on the incident.

Ivan Ablov’s father, judge of the now-liquidated District Administrative Court of Kyiv, Yevhen Ablov, is known, in particular, for his scandalous court decisions. For example, in December 2013, he ordered special forces to disperse Maidan activists, and in 2017, he recognized the scheme of purchasing the so-called “Avakov backpacks” as legal, thus helping the son of the interior minister to avoid punishment. In 2018, he reinstated Kateryna Amosova, the rector of the Bogomolets Medical University, in her position.

Ablov has repeatedly come to the attention of Slidstvo.Info. In 2019, the agency filmed Judge Ablov’s birthday celebration, after which he and his colleagues wanted to gain access to the journalist’s phone records to understand how she learned about the time and place of the celebration.

In a two-part investigative documentary about the agreements between judges of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv and high-ranking politicians and law enforcement officers, Slidstvo.Info analyzed the recordings on the “OASK tapes” where Ablov appears to be one of the central figures.

In April 2023, it emerged that Ablov was attempting to resign in order to receive state-funded pension benefits amounting to around 100,000 hryvnias ($2,644) per month. However, the High Council of Justice suspended the consideration of the judge’s application.

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