Coordinator of migration crisis on EU-belarus border extradited to Poland, following SSU’s investigation

Following the SSU’s investigation, the perpetrator who acted to aggravate the crisis on the EU-belarus border has been extradited to the Republic of Poland.

He is a citizen of a South Asian country, who came to Ukraine in the early 2000s. After russia’s full-scale invasion, the man began unlawful activities that undermine European security.

With the help of his foreign connections, he organized massive smuggling of people from countries with a high terrorist risk to the EU. In particular, these were citizens of Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The route ran through russia and belarus, then to Poland, bypassing the checkpoints.

To operate the scheme, the organizer created a transnational criminal group, which involved dozens of members from different countries.

The head of the network passed instructions to his accomplices regarding the routes, methods of transportation and temporary residence of the migrants.

Specially created anonymous chats in popular messenger apps were used for communication.

The criminals tried to disperse up to a hundred illegal immigrants across European countries. Each group had its destination point and leader.

As a result of a special operation of the SSU and Polish partners in 2023, some of the illegal immigrants were detained in the EU.

After that, the organizer of the channel was apprehended in Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine.

During the search of the suspect’s home, the SSU found communication equipment, computers and records with evidence of the crime, as well as money, probably obtained by criminal means.

The offender has been extradited to Poland, which had put him on the international wanted list. There, he will be prosecuted for crimes against European security.

The operation was carried out jointly with the National Police under the procedural supervision of the Prosecutor General’s Office, Kyiv and Khmelnytskyi Region Prosecutor’s Offices.