Ukrainian Lawmaker Apologizes for Texting Prostitute, Using Tinder While in Parliament | #tinder | #pof


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A Ukrainian lawmaker has apologized after he was caught on his phone in parliament using dating apps and contacting a prostitute.

Bohdan Yaremenko, 48, who heads the foreign relations committee, was photographed in the Rada, discussing prices and sex services on a website.

During one voting session on Wednesday, he was pictured reading the profile of a 32-year-old woman and then another woman who names an hourly rate.

Yaremenko, who is married with two children, was then pictured looking at profiles on the Tinder dating app. When the story emerged, he initially justified his actions on Facebook, saying that they were part of a “deliberate provocation” to shame prying journalists.

Ukraine lawmaker Bogdan Yaremenko uses his mobile phone during a session of the parliament in Kiev on October 31, 2019. A scandal has erupted after it emerged he was contacting a prostitute.
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He then apologized, saying: “not all decisions are equally successful,” according to Radio Free Europe, adding, “I want to apologize to all whom I’ve caused problems with my ill-advised actions—from my wife to the [parliamentary] faction and the president,” referring to Volodymyr Zelensky, whom U.S. Democrats say was asked by President Donald Trump to dig dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Many poked fun at Yaremenko, such as author Andriy Kokotyukha who said according to the BBC that his actions “are much safer” than his initiatives “to coordinate with Russia,” referring to his support of Kyiv’s attempts at a peace deal with Russia, which has angered many in Ukraine.

Meanwhile journalist Viktor Trehubov wondered why the arrangement of the tryst was done in Russian and not Ukrainian, which under law is required to be used by officials and public sector officials.