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 Amber mafia suspect, SBU Lt. Col. Fedoruk remanded on bail, - source

Security Service of Ukraine Lt. Col. Vadym Fedoruk, who is suspected of the involvement in the organization of a criminal group for illegal production and trade in amber, has been released from a remand prison on bail.

Censor.NET reports citing an informed source.

According to the source, Fedoruk was released on the evening of Feb. 27. A 5.2 million hryvnia ($191,367) bail was posted as early as Feb. 24. The person who paid the amount remains unknown.

See more: PGO, SBU stage raids in Zhytomyr region, seize 500 kilos of amber and weapons, - Lutsenko. PHOTOS

Fedoruk is suspected of committing crimes under article 255 (establishment of a criminal organization), 368 (bribery), 191 (misappropriation, embezzlement or seizure of property through abuse of office) and 240 (violation of rules of protection and use of mineral resources) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

He was arrested during a special operation on July 4, 2016 along with Andrii Borovyk, deputy prosecutor of the Rivne region. On Feb. 15, the Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv extended Fedoruk's arrest for 60 days, with a $5.2 million hryvnia bail being an alternative.

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Fedoruk spent eight months in custody.
 
 
 
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