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SBU frustrates a group, terrorizing businessmen and firing their commercial establishments

SBU officers blocked the organized group specializing in money extortion from businessmen in Zakarpattia region.

The group was headed by a resident of Mukachevo, previously repeatedly convicted for committing grave and gravest crimes. The attackers imposed a “tax" on local entrepreneurs. In addition, creating artificial conflicts racketeers “wheedled out" large sums of money from businessmen.

In case of non-payment the attackers torched cars of citizens. Also at night they fired from grenade launchers trading places victims.

During searches at the residences and cars of involved persons, including «Lexus», «Mercedes-Benz Gelandwagen», «BMW» and «Toyota», the law-enforcement officers seized guns, hunting rifle, shotgun, ammunition of various calibers, mobile phones and other evidence of illegal activity.  SBU officials detained the leader of an organized group. At present he has already served a notice of suspicion of committing the crime stipulated by Part 1 Art. 263, Part 2 Art. 194 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The issue of serving a notice of suspicion to other involved persons is being settled.

The urgent investigative and operative actions on bringing all offenders involved in activities of a group to the criminal responsibility are under way. The operation was conducted jointly with the National Police, under the procedural supervision of the Prosecutor's Office of Zakarpattia region.  

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