"Do you remember former governor of the Donetsk region, the former Party of Regions MP Blyzniuk? Remember? Then you will not be surprised by today's summary report of the Interior Ministry operatives, as well as 12,000,000 UAH and almost $200,000 seized during a search! So, today, the activity of a criminal group under the leadership of A. Blyznyuk (son of the former governor of the Donetsk region) has been stopped," Avakov wrote.
According to him, the Central Investigation Department of the Interior Ministry had been investigating a criminal case regarding illegal sale of coal mined in the temporarily occupied territory of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in 2014-15 for several months.
"The scheme was as follows: illegally delivered coal from the occupied territory was registered as belonging to private companies, and subsequently sold to a number of enterprises, in particular Kramatorskteploenerho, which receives funds for producing electricity from the Enerhorynok state enterprise. And then everything is brutally simple - they received money into an account, cashed it using false paperwork and took it to the DPR/LPR...
"That is, the state basically bought state-owned coal mined in the mines captured by terrorists.
"[These were] private companies, bogus and those opened for the purpose of implementation of the illegal scheme by members of the criminal group led by A. Blyzniuk, the son of former MP from the Party of Regions and former governor of the Donetsk region. From the accounts of these companies the money was cashed and went to financing terrorists. The heads [of the companies] have already been questioned and testified that they registered and became directors for financial reward and had no relation to the financial and economic activity of these enterprises," Avakov said.
"During the investigation, the Main Investigation Department in cooperation with the Prosecutor General's Office conducted 20 searches in Kyiv and Zhytomyr, Poltava, Sumy, and Donetsk regions.
"The searches and seizure yielded about $200,000, about 12,000,000 UAH, dozens of bank cards, dozens of mobile phones, SIM cards of Ukrainian and Russian carriers, paperwork and keys to safe deposit boxes (what is there and how much is there is to be determined), electronic data storage devices, documents and seals of offshore companies, over six pieces of firearms and 830 rounds of ammunition.