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Ukraine's Security Service seizes $200 thousand from judge who funds separatists

When in office, Artur Yemelyanov allegedly influenced the decision-making process in the court for a bribe
12:51, 22 October 2018

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Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) seized over $200 thousand from the judge Artur Yemelyanov, who is suspected of funding separatism, as Pravda reported, referring to SBU.

Former Deputy Chairman of the Higher Economic Court Artur Yemelyanov is suspected in funding the terrorist organizations in occupied Donbas.

According to the news agency, when in office, Yemelyanov took a bribe to influenced the decision-making process in the court.

“The judge Artur Yemelyanov committed purchases of business-objects and commercial property on the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk region through entrusted and straw people,” Security Service reports.

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SBU representatives said they documented the fact that the companies, controlled by Yemelyanov, paid taxes to the militants regularly.

Besides, a unit of a fake central bank of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic was located in one of the premises Yemelyanov bought.

While searches, the law enforcers seized “documentation and information carriers, which might prove that Yemelyanov and his accomplices were involved in commercial deals in occupied Donbas and funding of terrorist activity.”

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A pre-trial investigation under the article on “funding terrorism” is underway.

On June 4, 2018, the Higher Council of Justice suspended Artur Yemelyanov. In addition to funding separatism, he is suspected of corruption and pressure on the judges.

Moreover, Yemelyanov along with his wife is implicated in a case on “legalization of income, obtained by criminal means.”

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In March of 2018, the people’s deputies of Ukraine’s Parliament demanded to prosecute Artur Yemelyanov and his known associates, including Viktor Tatkov and Pavlo Malyk. 

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