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Government officials and politicians in Ukraine have reportedly been encouraged to pre-book “VIP cells” in the event of their arrest.

Remand centres in over a dozen cities are now offering gift certificates for “luxury cells”, which are valid for six months from purchase, the BBC reports.

Justice Minister Denys Malyuska insisted that all would remain equal in the eyes of the law because convicted prisoners would share the same facilities.

However, those awaiting trial in the VIP cells will enjoy three meals a day, 24-hour security and lessened risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Mr Malyuska suggested that others could buy access to VIP cells as a birthday present for officials and politicians worried about their future amid a crackdown on corruption.

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