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 State Fiscal Service conducting search in office of Vesti Media Holding

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Media are spreading information about alleged blocking of operation of the Vesti Media Holding and unlawful entry into the office premises without relevant documents by employees of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine.

Such claims are groundless, the press service of the SFS says, according to Censor.NET.

"Indeed, on June 18, 2015 two searches were commenced, including non-residential office premises of the Izvestiia Mass-Media LLC on Sportyvna sq. in Kyiv.

"The searches are being conducted in accordance with current legislation based on the decision of the investigating judge of the Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kyiv on conducting searches of June 15, 2015, made after the consideration of the investigator's request agreed with the prosecutor.

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"The conduct of the Investigative actions is carried out within the pre-trial investigation of the criminal proceedings, which began in April 2014 regarding facts of tax evasion, fictitious entrepreneurship and legalization of proceeds from crime by officials of the Izvestiia Mass-Media LLC, crime which fall under pt. 3, Art. 212, pt. 2, Art. 205, pt. 3, Art. 209 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

"All actions in the criminal proceedings are carried out in accordance with the requirements of the current criminal procedural legislation under the procedural management of the prosecutor.

"The pre-trial investigation continues," the press service noted.

"According to information obtained by Censor.NET, the authorities are interested in the sources of financing of the most read free newspaper in Ukraine. Authorization of the investigation was provided by the court. As part of the case, 242 Vesti employees and companies engaged in transportation and distribution of the free newspaper have been summoned for questioning. The number of the defendants in the case can increase," Censor.NET editor-in-chief Yurii Butusov wrote on his Facebook page.

 
 
 
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