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SBU detains grouping of racketeers, that extorts money from businessmen (video)

The Main SBU Office of Donetsk and Luhansk regions uncovered the grouping of racketeers that systematically extorted money from businessmen.

The law enforcers established that the participants of the criminal grouping – five residents of Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk regions from criminal surroundings, extorted from the entrepreneurs to pay them “taxes” every month.  The offenders received “damaging evidence” for putting pressure on the merchants from their competitors. They intimidated their victims by committing bodily blows, tortures and threatening to punish their relatives.

According to the secret services, the offenders received orders from the crime “boss”, who coordinated his actions with Russian “thieves in law”.

The SBU officers, in particular, documented that while threatening physical intimidation, the offenders extorted from the Donetsk businessman to pay UAH 800,000 (USD 29,629) every month for not obstructing to take up business activities in the agro-industrial sphere.

The SBU operatives detained five offenders in Dnipro in restaurant on receiving UAH 400,000 (USD 14,814) of “compensation”.

The offenders are in custody under Article 208 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine.

They were notified of suspicion in committing crime, stipulated by Part 3 Article 189 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

The pre-trial investigation is under way.


 SBU Press Centre


For the Attention of the SBU Head





Zhydkov Dmytro Mykhailovych
Shevchenko Daniil Borysovych
Yatsenko Viktor Viacheslavovych

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