“LPR” gets 47% as “taxes” from the amount of coal exported to Ukraine

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

The coal allegedly goes to the PJSC "Centrenergo"
15:03, 16 February 2017

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The so-called Luhansk People’s Republic obtains about 47% of the cost of anthracite, delivered from the occupied part of Donbas to the state company PJSC "Centrenergo." This was stated by Ukraine’s Security Service report, published on the request of the Severodonetsk City Court from 2 December 2016.

The pre-trial investigation has found that formation of LPR and its illegal paramilitary units (including "Ministry of Fuel, Energy, and Mines of LPR") strong necessity in their financial security has increased. To achieve this goal, as well as for filling the LPR budget, LPR Minister of Fuel has designed and implemented an unlawful scheme to take under control all the coal enterprises in the region, as well as start illegal mining of coal in Luhansk region.

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"To this end, during 2014-2016, the Head of "LPR Minenergo" forced public and private coal companies of the region to carry out the sale of coal products, produced by state enterprise "Luhanskvyhillia" (on the basis of which the above-mentioned "LPR ministry"). It also provided armed guards of the "Ministry" to prevent unauthorized persons from conducting criminal plans and intentions," as said in the text.

According to the document, in order to achieve criminal goals and enrich himself at the expense of coal sales, the Head of "LPR Minenergo" forced the General Director of State Enterprise "Luhanskvyhillia" and Director General of SE "Anthracite" to sign a contract with the PJSC "Centrenergo" №111 / 20 for delivery to the address of the last anthracite, amounting to 1.584 billion UAH (1320 UAH per 1 ton of coal, including VAT).

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At the same time, the general director of SE "Anthracite", following the directions of the "minister," organized shipment of coal from SE "Anthracite" and SE "Luhanskvyhillia" (№2612) to the PAO "Centrenergo", paying a commission in the amount of UAH 60 per each ton sold to SE "Luhanskvyhillia" and taxes to LPR budget.

 “Luhanskvyhillia” director general organized and supervised the illegal transfer of non-cash flows, received from sales of coal. He signed economic agreements and primary accounting documents for the supply of goods and services (void transaction). He also dealt with some illegal provision of financial assistance to a number of fictitious commercial structures.

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In particular, during January and February 2015, officials of the Ministry of Fuel, Energy, and Mines transferred  12 mln UAH from the accounts of the State Enterprise "Luhanskvyhillia" to the account of Free Enterprise "Sodeistvie" and "MKD Trade," as returnable financial assistance. After that, the company transferred funds to their other accounts opened in the Ukrainian banks and they were cashed.

It was also found that an unidentified person, an employee of PJSC "Bank Sofiysky" (State Enterprise "Luhanskvyhillia" opened its account in this bank), is engaged in accompaniment of legal entities - the bank's clients, and constantly communicates with the chief accountant of State Enterprise "Luhanskvyhillia," and approves all payment orders, formed and signed by electronic signatures while working with "Client-Bank."

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If the court arrests the enterprise funds, that person informs the chief accountant about it and gives time for a quick transfer of money from this account to another.

"The so-called Minister of Fuel pays 47% tax from the amount of exported coal to the budget of LPR. This money go for payment of salaries to members of LPR terrorist groups, purchase of ammunition, forms, etc." according to the report.

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January 25, ATO veterans blocked Lughnsk - Popasna railway as a part of trade blockade of the occupied regions of Donbas. As a result, movement of 12 trains with 700 car was blocked. Veterans’ checkpoint at Luhansk - Popasna railway might be broken. The militants said that they are going to weld the train to the rails.

Information on the fact of the blockade was added to the State list for pretrial investigations and pre-qualified under Part. 1, Art. 279 of the Criminal Code (the blocking of transport communications that disrupt the normal operation of transport).

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Some experts and government officials say that the blockade could threaten Ukraine's energy independence. Thus, the deputy minister for the occupied territories and internally displaced persons, Georgiy Tuka believes that power failure of Shchastia TPP could lead to the blackout in the whole region, and Yuriy Garbuz said that there is a risk to the power supply even for the central and western regions of Ukraine.

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