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SBU exposes Ukrainian public figure on cooperation with Russia’s FSB (video)

The SBU officers exposed a Ukrainian public figure on cooperation with FSB of Russia, informed Oleh Valenduk, the head of the SBU Main Office in Kyiv and Kyiv Region, at a briefing.

In early September 2018, a Russian citizen, owner of many commercial structures, who lives in Canada but temporarily stays in Ukraine, applied to SBU with a statement about extortion and fraud attempts against him.

During his stay in Kyiv, the businessman received several concurrent proposals from mediators allegedly representing officials of law enforcement bodies of Russia, including the FSB, the FIS, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Russia, he said to Ukrainian law enforcers. “Two Russian citizens offered their “services” concerning the issue of closing the criminal case against him and his parents in Russia and not putting him onto the Interpol ‘wanted’ list,” noted Oleh Valenduk.

Within the criminal proceedings, the SBU operatives documented the facts of proposals to applicant concerning solving the “problems with law enforcement bodies of Russia” from two Russian citizens and a Ukrainian citizen. The citizens of Russia offered to give them considerable funds for officials from Russian law enforcement agencies. Among the mentioned persons – Kolokoltsev, Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia, his deputy Romanov, Agafyeva, deputy chief of the Investigative Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Moscow, as well as top managers of the Russian Foreign intelligence Service. The offered price tag for “settling” was varying from EUR 500,000 to 1,100,000 in cash.

The SBU officers established that the businessman met with the Ukrainian public figure in Kyiv. The latter also offered to businessman his services of mediation in solving the law problem, for the reward of EUR 1,000,000. The suspect promised to involve in “settling” one Chaika, Russia’s General Prosecutor, using the mediation of the son of Artem Pshonka, the ex-general prosecutor of Ukraine. During the pre-trial investigation, conducted by the SBU Investigative Department of the Main Office in Kyiv and Kyiv region, the law enforcers received information about the fact of Russia’s FSB recruiting this Ukrainian public figure. The SBU operatives found that in 2014 during the action entitled “March of Peace” in Moscow, the Ukrainian citizen was detained by police officers and placed to the temporary detention for five days. Subsequently he was delivered to the FSB Moscow Office, where he agreed to cooperate with Russian special services in conducting subversive activities against Ukraine. The SBU officers established that public activist was tasked by the FSB supervisors with creation and development of a political party, as a tool of promotion Russia’s foreign policy interests and destabilization of the situation in Ukraine. “According to the FSB plan, this structure had to take part in the elections in order to lobby and defend Russia's interests in the Ukrainian parliament, to prevent Ukraine's access to the EU and NATO, to lobby the question about granting the Russian language the status of the state language in our country,” noted Oleg Valenduk. The detection operation was conducted by the SBU jointly with the Ukraine’s GUR Military Intelligence. In early October 2018, law enforcers detained the public figure and two Russian citizens in Kyiv on their trying to get money from the businessman. Both Russian citizens were served a notice of suspicion in committing fraud attempt in particularly large sizes, as stipulated by Part 2 Article 15 and Part 4 Article 190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. They were detained, with bail option. One of them is also reasonably suspected in espionage in favour of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, the crime stipulated by Part 1 Article 114 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The detainee was 

served notice of suspicion and received custody as a measure of restraint, without the possibility of bailment. The citizen of Ukraine was reported the suspicion in committing crimes stipulated by Part 1 Article 111, Part 2 Article 15, Part 4. Article 190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. He was chosen a preventive measure in the form of detention, with the option of bail for UAH 528,600 (USD 18,878). The Prosecutor of the Kyiv Prosecutor's Office appealed against the decision of Pechersk District Court in Kyiv concerning the preventive measure in the form of detention with the option of bail. The Prosecutor’s Office insists on choosing of single-option preventive measure for the suspect. The appeal is based on the materials of criminal proceedings and private investigations, including those published by the investigator concerning granting the permission to disclose the investigative materials. The mentioned materials confirm the validity of suspicion and form the basis for electing to suspect a single-option preventive measure. “The criminal procedure gives no bail option to those suspected in crime stipulated by Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine,” noted Oleh Valenduk. The pre-trial investigation is ongoing.

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