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Former head of state enterprise smuggles warship equipment to Russia

In Zaporizzhya region, Security Service of Ukraine blocked the activity of one of the former heads of state-owned enterprise, who organised smuggling of equipment and components for warships to the aggressor country.

The person was a commercial director of the plant that produces dual-use products used in warships, including by the Russian Navy. The organizer ordered the equipment, ostensibly for civilian purposes, at private entities that officially work under the licence of the state-owned enterprise. For the legalization of the illicit supply, the ex-director set up a number of dummy companies, including in Russia.

The field agents of the security service found that the offender also had an agreement with the Customs. The latter provided appropriate permits and ensured export of the products abroad without inspection measures.   

SBU officers detained the organiser together with an accomplice at the “Melitopil” customs post, when they were filling the paperwork for equipment designed for liquid cooling on the warships.

In the course of searches in the office and residences of the defendants, the officers seized a large amount of spare parts for military equipment and accounting documentation proving the illegal deliveries. They also discovered computers used for correspondence with customers in Russia.

The investigative actions are ongoing in criminal proceedings initiated under Article 333 of CC of Ukraine (violating the regulations on international transfer of goods, which are the subject to the state export control).

The issue concerning the prosecution of customs post officials involved in the fraud is being solved.  

Measures to prevent the illegal movement of dual-use goods across the border were carried out by SBU in conjunction with the DBR territorial administration in Melitopol, under the procedural management of the General Prosecutor's Office.


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Zhydkov Dmytro Mykhailovych
Shevchenko Daniil Borysovych
Yatsenko Viktor Viacheslavovych

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