Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the Department for Economic-Related Crimes of the National Police of Ukraine.
The statement reads that an entrepreneur reported about the crime to the officers of the Department for Economic-Related Crimes of the National Police of Ukraine in the Odesa region. He said that the management of state-owned enterprise subordinate to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and head of NGO was extorting 550,000 hryvnia (about $22,000) from him. He was promised that his company would be connected to power system and transformer substation, which were on the books of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, if he paid "mandatory contribution". The entrepreneur was also promised to be able to receive relevant permits later.
The Military Prosecutor's Office has initiated criminal proceedings under Part 3 of the Article 368 (receipt of bribe by an official) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine regarding the complainant's appeal. The investigative activities have been carried out under these proceedings.
Documenting criminal activities, the law enforcement officers have recorded the receipt of $2,000 by the deputy director of the state enterprise as a downpayment.
This morning, the officers of the Department for Economic-Related Crimes of the National Police, the Security Service and Military Prosecutor's Office arrested the director of the state enterprise of the Ministry of Defense, his deputy and the head of NGO receiving the second part of the agreed sum which was 500,000 hryvnia (about $20,000).
The officials were detained in accordance with the Article 208 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine. The court is currently defining the pre-trial restriction for them. They face up to 12 years in prison.