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 Lutsenko dismisses Rivne region’s Deputy Prosecutor Borovyk suspected of involvement in illegal amber extraction

Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko dismissed Deputy Prosecutor of Rivne region Andrii Borovyk suspected of membership in a local crime ring illegally extracting amber.

Andrii Borovyk's lawyer Volodymyr Hnatushchenko told Ukrainski Novyny, Censor.NET reports.

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"He was suspended first, and later an order on his dismissal was issued after some time," he said.

According to him, the order has been already appealed against in the Rivne region court.

Read more: 'Amber mafia' completely under police control, Deputy Chief Troian says


Earlier, the issue of illegal amber extraction in the territory of the Zhytomyr, Rivne, and Volyn regions was made public. Thousands of locals and out-of-towners started mining amber illegally and indiscriminately, thus savagely destroying local ecosystems.

This year's scale of illegal extraction was so large that the authorities were forced to deploy the National Guard of Ukraine detachments in these regions.

The law enforcement agencies have been increasingly reporting about arrests of large-volume amber dealers.

According to experts, this problem can be resolved not only by raids against the illegal miners, but also by a legislative initiative. The Volyn Regional Council authorized a company to develop amber for the first time in May 2015.

July 4, law enforcers conducted a large-scale operation called "Burshtyn" in the Rivne region, with participation of more than 400 field investigators. Rivne regional prosecutor deputy head Andrii Borovyk has been detained.

The National Police also reported that an amber mafia boss was detained in Kyiv. Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko dismissed Rivne regional prosecutor Anatolii Kovalchuk July 7.
 
 
 
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