Deputy head of State Migration Service exposed on bribe-taking by SBU, served notice of suspicion
Based on materials of the SBU Department for Fighting Corruption and Organized Crime, the Prosecutor General's Office served the Deputy Head of the State Migration Service a notice of suspicion in committing a crime.
Within the framework of criminal proceeding, initiated under Part 3 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, SBU operatives established that the official organized a bribe-taking scheme and systematically received money from foreigners for granting citizenship of Ukraine and issuance of temporary residence cards. The law enforcers documented that the official, together with his associates, extorted USD 3,000-5,000 for granting Ukrainian citizenship, in particular for Russian citizens.
During the searches at the criminals’ residencies the SBU officers seized great sum of cash and documents confirming the unlawful issuance of Ukrainian documents for foreigners. "Effective fight against separate cases of corruption proves Ukraine's ability to fulfill its obligations to the EU within the framework of a visa-free regime,” said First Deputy Head of the SBU Pavlo Demchina during a meeting with journalists in early May 2018. According to him, Ukraine does not have a corruption hierarchy in the field of migration policy.
Currently, the Deputy Head of the State Migration Service was served a notice of suspicion in committing a crime stipulated by Part 4 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The pre-trial investigation is under way.
For the Attention of the SBU Head