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 Massive money laundering, terrorism financing scheme revealed: 1,000 law enforcers conducting searches, - Lutsenko

2.5 billion hryvnia ($92.2 million) has been withdrawn from Ukraine by one of the country's biggest distribution companies, circumventing a National Security Council and central bank's ban.

Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko said on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"The PGO, the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office and the National Police have exposed a scheme for massive tax evasion and illegal siphoning of billions of hryvnia abroad, including for the financing of terrorism. As found, since 2012 and until today, Russian citizen Kesaev, one of the actual co-owners of the monopoly distributor of tobacco products Megapolis Ukraine Ltd. (Tedis Ukraine), is subject to the decision of the National Security and Defense Council banning the withdrawal of funds from Ukraine. Kesaev furthered the appointment of persons to key positions in Tedis, who coordinate all their decisions with a member of the board of directors of Russia's Degtyarev Plant, a supplier of arms to the terrorist organizations DPR and LPR," he said.

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"Despite the ban by the NSDC and the NBU, 2.5 billion hryvnia has been withdrawn during the period of 2015-2017 through the accounts of transit companies," Lutsenko said.

"To retain its monopoly position, the company also received assistance from certain state bodies," he stressed.

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"At the moment, some 1,000 law enforcers are conducting searches and other urgent investigative actions," the prosecutor general added.
 
 
 
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