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Police detain criminals who organized scheme for illegally obtaining Ukrainian citizenship

Source : 112 Ukraine

Such services cost 5 thousand euros
13:55, 23 November 2021

Security Service of Ukraine

The SBU counterintelligence officers stopped the illegal activities of an international group of dealers, which organized a mechanism for obtaining foreign citizenship on the basis of forged documents, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) press service reports.

Illegal business was established by residents of Ivano-Frankivsk and Chernivtsi regions through a foreign intermediary.

In particular, the attackers produced fictitious documents necessary for the acquisition of foreign citizenship, and provided the procedure for their submission for consideration outside the main queue.

It is also documented that such services cost 5,000 euros.

Security Service of Ukraine

Among those who decided to use the criminal scheme, the SBU identified citizens of the Russian Federation, residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, as well as some former officials of local authorities and self-government.

During the searches, the following was seized from the defendants: about 60 sets of documents of citizens of the Russian Federation and Ukraine to obtain foreign citizenship; originals and copies of foreign passports; counterfeit seals and stamps; fictitious extracts from the registry office, which served as the basis for registration of foreign citizenship; draft records on the mechanisms of transactions; laptops, tablets, flash drives, mobile phones, hard drives with evidence of illegal activity.

The pre-trial investigation on signs of the crimes provided by p. 1 Art. 111 ("Treason"), Art. 209 ("Legalization (laundering) of property obtained by criminal means"), Art. 358 ("Forgery of documents, seals, stamps and forms, sale or use of forged documents, seals, stamps") of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

The issue of notifying the defendants of the suspicion is being resolved.

As it was reported, in the Khmelnytsky region the malefactor organized the channel of illegal migration to the European Union according to forged documents.

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