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SBU apprehends members of organized group terrorizing city residents in Kropyvnytskyi

The SBU officers together with the Prosecutor’s Office apprehended the members of ‘White Lions’ organized group who assaulted and robbed the citizens of Kropyvnytskyi.

The law enforcers established that the members of the group including girls got acquainted with a potential victim in social media. They appointed a meeting in abandoned places where other members of the group assaulted the victim, robbed him/her, inflicted damage and demanded confession of alleged pedophilia on the video. After that blackmailing by mounting the video on the Web the criminals demanded money and other material values.

The SBU officers found out that to organize their activity the members contacted with each other in a closed group in social media, arranged meetings, and discussed the details of assaults. Almost 40 videos with the members of ‘White Lions’ committing group assaults at local citizens were recorded.

The SBU officers apprehended the eight members of the groups while assaulting another victim. The organizers of the group were two inspectors of a local pretrial detention center one of whom was apprehended by the SBU, another is put on a wanted list.

A criminal case under Part 3 Article 189 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine was launched.

Urgent investigative actions are under way.


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Zhydkov Dmytro Mykhailovych
Shevchenko Daniil Borysovych
Yatsenko Viktor Viacheslavovych

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