Amid the flaring up scandal, Metzger posted a letter of repentance on Facebook. He explained their behavior “instant emotional outburst”. “I have always considered and still consider freedom of speech and free press as the foundation of democracy and true independence of the state. Therefore, the events that took place in my office on October 4, 2021 and were subsequently published by the Scheme edition on my part were unacceptable and came as a shock not only to the public and the journalistic community, but also to me, ”he assures.
The banker called himself “by nature a balanced person” who simply needs rest. “Stress and stress is not an excuse for this. Therefore, I sincerely apologize to the workers of the “Schema” publication by Kirill Ovsyany and Alexander Mazur, “Metzger added. He also apologized to all the journalists and colleagues at the bank.
“This has caused enormous damage to the bank’s image, the morale of its wonderful team and the prestige of the banking profession as such. I sincerely apologize to all colleagues. Again, I had no right to that outbreak, it causes the greatest disgust and shame in me, ”Metzger emphasized.
The Kiev city prosecutor’s office also said that suspicions of attacks on journalists could be brought against two employees of Ukreximbank. This was stated by the press secretary of the Kiev city prosecutor’s office Nadezhda Maksimets during a rally in support of journalists, organized near the bank building. According to Maksimets, the criminal case was initiated under parts 1 and 3 of Art. 171 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (obstruction of the legitimate professional activities of journalists).