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Criminal supplying military-purpose goods from so-called “LNR” to Russia receives notice of suspicion

SBU counter-intelligence officers uncovered an enterprise exporting military-purpose goods for the Russian Ministry of Defence from the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk region.

SBU operatives and investigators found that a Machine Engineering Plant organised the illegal supply of goods to the address of a dummy company, registered in Moscow region.  The enterprise transported to customers component parts used for repair and servicing of Russian military aviation.  Russian Ministry of Defence used such scheme to evade sanctions.

SBU documented over 30 export supplies valued at RUB 50 million (USD 781,326). The cargo was transported by trucks through uncontrolled zone of Ukrainian-Russian border. The enterprise regularly paid the taxes to the “LNR” budget and customs payment to relevant Russian bodies.

Counter-intelligence officers found that the plant managers spend most of their time in Kharkiv.  From Kharkiv, they remotely controlled over the production and supply of products.

During the searches at residences, in offices and vehicles of the key figures of the fraud, SBU officers seized the technical documentation for products and other evidence of illegal activity.

Within the criminal proceedings, one of the organizers of the deliveries received a notice of suspicion stipulated by Part 3 Article 110-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (financing actions aimed at forceful change or overthrow of the constitutional order or take-over of government, change the territorial boundaries or national borders of Ukraine) and Pt. 1 Article 333 (Breach of international transfers of goods that are subject to state export control) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

The issue of choosing the measure of restraint to the detainee is now being decided. SBU investigators continue the procedural actions to bring to justice persons involved illegal supply scheme.

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