The masked gunmen representing PGO, the Prosecutor General’s Office came to the central office of the Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine. The incident took place on Friday morning. According to Svitlana Panayotidi, the State Envoy of the Committee, the armed men conducted searches, which kicked off at about 7.30 a.m., even before the work day began.
‘PGO reached us at 7.30 a.m. Masks, weapons… they demanded to open the door, or they would break in,’ she posted at Facebook.
Later that day, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko reported at a briefing that the searches took place due to the inverstigation into the case of TEDIS Ukraine, the country’s monopolist in distribution of tobacco products. According to the official, the entity is charged with severe tax evasion and passing money abroad, including that for the purpose of financing terrorism. Lutsenko added that despite the ban imposed by the state Security Service and the National Bank, TEDIS Ukraine managed to withdraw almost 100 million U.S. dollars abroad.