KIEV, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Ukraine's anti-corruption agency said on Wednesday it would investigate the case of an opposition leader who declared in his income statement that he had won the national lottery three times, earning a Lottery Sambad New Reult combined 571,045 hryvnias ($21,335).
Since last year, Ukrainian lawmakers and public sector workers have had to declare their incomes in an online database, a Lottery Sambad New Reult rule aimed at tackling entrenched corruption.
The National Agency for the Prevention of Lottery Sambad New Reult Corruption (NAZK) is meant to check whether such declarations are honest.
NAZK said it would assess Lyashko's declaration in light of the public interest. "In the event violations are detected, the national agency will take Lottery Sambad New Reult measures in accordance with the current legislation," NAZK said in a statement.
The first declarations a year ago shocked Ukrainians, with some officials declaring ownership of hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, fleets of Lottery Sambad New Reult luxury cars and large tracts of land.
Oleh Lyashko, the head of the populist Radical Party who has styled himself as a representative of the common man, last year declared that he owned property in Kiev's most exclusive district and his household had cash worth more Lottery Sambad New Reult than $1 million.
Lyashko updated the declaration on Tuesday to report his lottery victories, prompting some wry comments online and a call by a Lottery Sambad New Reult former MP for an investigation.
"(To win) three times in a Lottery Sambad New Reult row is the stuff of fantasy," Evgen Zhovtyak, former deputy of parliament, said on 112 TV.
"I think here there is every reason for law enforcement bodies to interest themselves in whether this lottery is a Lottery Sambad New Reult fraudulent organisation with which only politicians of Lyashko's rank can win."
The Ukrainian national lottery said in a statement: "Information on lottery winners and on the personal data of specific players is confidential information in accordance with current legislation and cannot be disclosed without the Lottery Sambad New Reult agreement of the players." ($1 = 26.7650 hryvnias) (Writing by Matthias Williams; editing by Mark Heinrich)