As reported by Censor.NET citing the SBU press center, the investigative actions are held on suspicion of misappropriation of harbor dues in the amount of $6 million as part of the criminal proceedings initiated under part 5 of the article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
According to the law enforcement agency, the company of a well-known Russian businessman, who also owns the terminal, illegally obtained the right to receive part of the harbor dues in 2015. The port charges were previously collected to the full extent by the Administration of Sea Ports of Ukraine SE. This became possible as the company illegally obtained ownership of the waters of the Adzhalyk estuary that belonged to the Ukrainian people under the Constitution.
The SBU investigators have already seized large amount of off-the-books cash and offshore firms seals, which legitimacy is yet to be verified in pre-trial investigation.
The investigation is underway.