"Today, I am going to publish the first part of the SBU and PGO operation to foil the revenge plan of the pro-Kremlin forces in Ukraine, namely regarding the collaboration of several political figures, primarily Mikheil Saakashvili, with members of Yanukovych’s crime ring - with Serhii Kurchenko in the first place. Saakashvili and his associates used their money to fund the protests aimed at taking over power in Ukraine, assisting members of the Yanukovych-Kurchenko crime ring at their decriminalization and regaining control over the assets they have once unlawfully acquired in Ukraine," Lutsenko said.
"It was found that an associate of Saakashvili, namely a citizen of Ukraine Severion Danhadze, having Saakashvili’s personal consent, appealed to Kurchenko hiding from Ukraine's law enforcement bodies in Moscow through a middleman with a proposal to fund Saakashvili's activities in exchange for assistance to crime ring members. We recorded Saakashvili's entourage receiving about $0.5 million from the Russian side. About half of these funds were accepted by Severion Danhadze under supervision of Ukrainian secret services, which means that serial numbers of the currency notes were copied while the process of money transfer was filmed," the prosecutor general said.
Early Dec. 5, the law enforcers detained Saakashvili on charges of assisting crime ring members. His supporters blocked off the paddy wagon with the detained politician inside and later released him. During the search in Saakashvili's apartment, he went up to the roof of the house and was apprehended by the law enforcers there.