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SBU blocks scheme of financing DNR terrorist organization by selling medicine

SBU blocked scheme of financing DNR terrorist organization by selling medical products in Kyiv and Dnipro.

In the framework of the criminal proceedings, the SBU operatives found that since 2015 the criminals, including  persons who served as top officials up to 2014, set up several networks of pharmacies. The networks were registered and operated both on the government-controlled territory and on the territory of “DNR”. The criminals systematically unlawfully transferred money to accounts of “tax authorities” of the pseudo-republic, using bank details of the banks operating on temporarily occupied territory.

The law enforcers searched the criminals’ residences and work places in Kyiv and Dnipro. Cash, precious metals bars and other valuable property worth UAH 5,000,000 (USD 200,000) were seized. The SBU officers also uncovered mobile phones with communications concerning illegal activities, computer and server equipment with data on scheme functioning, financial and business documentation indicating the interaction between the criminals and “DNR” representatives, operation receipts about money transfers from subordinate companies to shadow networks.

The head of pharmacy networks was served a notice of suspicion in committing the crime stipulated by Part 2 Art. 258-5 (“Terrorism financing”) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine; custody was chosen as a measure of restraint with bail option.

The investigation is ongoing, other individuals involved in the illegal activity are being identified.

Operations was conducted by the officers of the SBU Kyiv Regional Office in cooperation with SBU Main Investigative Department under the procedural supervision of Prosecutor General's Office.

 

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