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 SBU: Ukrzaliznytsia officials misappropriated dozens of millions hryvnia

Security Service of Ukraine in conjunction with the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine is carrying out pre-trial investigation into misappropriation of public funds in the amount of 21 million hryvnia by officials of the state-owned railway enterprise and Smart Manager Ltd private company.

Censor.NET informs citing the SBU press-service.

"The state enterprise has entered into a number of agreements to cover its activities in the media including preparation of analysis findings, news, articles, stories, services on research and analysis of media space, and training for staff. These services were actually not provided and the funds were laundered through fictitious companies," the statement reads.

The documents confirming fictitious sale operations with the state enterprise were seized during search in the offices and homes of officials involved in the illegal transactions.

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The irrefutable evidence of completed orders on smear campaigns against politicians, businessmen, representatives of the authorities were also found in the office of the company, which cooperated with Ukrzaliznytsia SE. According to the SBU, the budget of the media activity of the firm, which specialized in spreading biased information through the media deliberately destabilizing the situation in the country, reached several million hryvnia per month.

In addition, the materials confirming connection of the private company with the "DPR" terrorist organization have been found in the office of one of firm's employees. In particular, the information concerned the persons receiving cash for the needs of the militants.

The information about the cooperation of this company with the "DPR" and "LPR" terrorist organizations to destabilize the situation in Ukraine with the involvement of different media is currently verified.

The investigation is underway.

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