The Kyiv Regional Center on Provision of Free Legal Aid has appointed Maksym Herasko the new public attorney for former president Viktor Yanukovych accused of high treason. An informed source told this to Ukrainian News Agency. Herasko is also the lawyer of Oleksii Pukach sentenced to life for murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on July 5, Yanukovych fired his private lawyers Vitalii Serdiuk and Ihor Fedorenko. On July 6, the Obolonskyi District Court of Kyiv ruled a free of charge lawyer must be assigned to him. The Kyiv Regional Center on Provision of Free Legal Aid appointed Vitalii Meshechek to defend Yanukovych in court. On August 17, Meshechek stated that he recused himself from the case.