SBU detains “DNR” businessman on terrorism financing
The officers of the Main Department of CI Protection of the State Economy and the SBU Main Investigation Department jointly with the Prosecutor General's Office detained a DNR businessman on terrorism financing.
The SBU operatives established that the offender was the owner of one of the largest networks of grocery markets on the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk region. The businessman established a mechanism of transporting food and tobacco products from the territory of the Russian Federation. Part of the products was provided just for the needs of the illegal armed formations.
The law enforcers documented that the businessman, who was also an “acting deputy” of the Gorlivka City Council, was among the top 10 payers of taxes to the quasi-republic’s “budget”.
The offender was detained by the SBU officers after arriving to Kharkiv on personal business. During searches of the offender’s residence in Kharkiv and his relatives’ residences, the law enforcers seized documents and electronic media with the evidence of terrorism financing. Also, USD 50,000, UAH 150,000 (USD 5,357) and bank cards to accounts with illegal money were seized. Criminal proceeding was initiated under Part 1 Article 258-3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The detainee was served a notice of suspicion in committing the crime. Measure of restraint in the form of custody without bail was enforced by the court. Pre-trial investigation is under way.
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