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Donetsk region: SBU blocks activity of international group of racketeers

The SBU officers involved in the the Joint Forces Operation blocked in Mariupol the activities of the international organized group specializing in money extortion from individuals.


The SBU operatives found that the gang included the locals and eight previously convicted residents of one of the countries of the South Caucasus and North Africa. The group was managed by the former “mastermind” responsible for Avdiivka (Donetsk region).


The criminals created artificial conflicts to demand money from citizens, including businessmen. The amount for “settling the issue” ranged from USD 800 to 11,000. On the chance non-payment, the racketeers threatened violence and physical harassment. The SBU officers documented several facts of the illegal activity of gang members.

Law enforcers detained eight offenders after their receiving the next tranche from a local businessman in the amount of almost UAH 6,000 (USD 215) in Mariupol. The detainees included the so-called aide of a “criminal lord” who was attempting to control the region’s territories.

During the authorized investigations in criminals’ residence the law enforcers seized money and other material evidence.

In the framework of the criminal proceeding initiated under Part 2 Article 189 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine the criminals were served a notice of suspicion. The custody was chosen as a measure of restraint. 

The urgent investigations are under way.

The operation of blocking the group activities was conducted jointly with the Police under the procedural supervision of the Prosecutor's Office.


SBU Press Centre


For the Attention of the SBU Head





Zhydkov Dmytro Mykhailovych
Shevchenko Daniil Borysovych
Yatsenko Viktor Viacheslavovych

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