The actions of law enforcement officers are aimed at eliminating all illegal schemes and channels of legalization of financial assets.
Security Service of Ukraine conducted a series of searches from representatives of construction companies in Kyiv controlled by one of the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada from the banned “OPZZ” party.
This is stated in the notification of the SBU. “On the conviction of the investigation, these commercial structures were involved in illegal schemes of legalization of funds in the interests of former deputies Viktor Medvedchuk and Taras Kozak. Similar schemes also worked for the benefit of other citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, to whom the sanctions of the NSDC, EU countries and the USA were applied.” – notes the SBU.
As it is emphasized, currently the actions are aimed at liquidation of all illegal schemes and channels of legalization of financial assets used by criminals. In particular, we are talking about the purchase of the corporate rights of Ukrainian developers by various offshore and Russian banks, and the channeling of funds from the sale of real estate to finance actions that harm state security.
In order to obtain additional evidence of criminal activity, law enforcement officers searched the residences of officials and the offices of construction companies.
Investigative actions were carried out under articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine: 437 (Planning, preparation, initiation and waging of an aggressive war); 110-2 (Financing of actions committed for the purpose of violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order or seizure of state power, change of territory or state border of Ukraine). The pre-trial investigation is ongoing.
Large-scale searches by the SBU
On February 1, the SBU conducted large-scale searches. This is how it became known about the search at the home of Ukrainian businessman Ihor Kolomoiskyi. The search was conducted by the SBU and the Bureau of Economic Security, the investigation concerns the companies “Ukrtatnafta” and “Ukrnafta”, the shareholder of which is Kolomoiskyi. Also The SBU conducted a search from the developer and people’s deputy of the banned “OPZZ” Vadym Stolar.
In addition, The SBU reported a new suspicion to the former president of “Motor Sichi” Vyacheslav Boguslaev through cooperation with Russian terrorists. Also, the ex-Minister of Energy was informed about the suspicion of official negligence and inflicting UAH 1.5 billion in damages to the state budget Igor Nasalik.
The case against Medvedchuk and Kozak
On May 11, 2022, Viktor Medvedchuk and Taras Kozak, MPs from “OPZZH”, were informed of suspicion of treason and an attempt to loot national resources in occupied Crimea.
They were charged with three episodes: illegal transfer of a gas field to the Russian Federation; provision of information containing state secrets (about a secret unit of the Armed Forces) to the Russian special services; carrying out subversive activities against Ukraine – preparing a network of Russian influence in Ukraine called “Ray”.
Kozak is currently outside Ukraine, probably in Russia.