Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) on November 10 interviewed employees of the country’s snack giant S.Group Corporation, which belongs to Ukraine’s Radical Party (RPU) MP Serhiy Rybalka due to the fact that the MP is accused of cooperating with the separatists and doing business in the occupied territory. Two top managers were also detained and financial documents seized. This was reported by the New Europe agency.
The SBU raid came one day after Ukraine’s unicameral parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, sacked Rybalka from his post as the head of the parliament’s financial committee. A majority (255 of the 450 deputies) voted for his dismissal, which was put forward by RPU leader Oleh Liashko.
Rybalka, however, is widely known as one of the main sponsors of the RPU – a party using a strong patriotic rhetoric. In fact, the party’s leader is an ardent supporter of the Ukrainian military, engaged in military operations against the separatists at Donbas. He constantly upholds the interests of Ukraine in this conflict.
And then, rather suddenly, it turns out that Rybalka, the sponsor of “patriotism”, has been illegally doing business with the separatists in the occupied territories.
The MP is the de facto owner of the huge S.Group corporation, which he runs through his relatives. Officially, the business is headed by his brother Dmytro Rybalka.
The company’s facility in Dnipro produces napkins, soap, garbage bags, and other cleaning supplies, as well as a prominent line of snack foods – nuts, crackers, sunflower seeds, crisps, etc.
The company’s “Snack-Export” LLC division is responsible for the production and distribution of the snack foods. This division is headed by the MP’s father, Viktor Rybalka.
What is more, the Rybalko family transfers a portion of the corporate revenue to Cypriot firms. This is because almost all trademarks are officially registered to those firms. The list even includes the popular brand SEMKI TM.
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