Security Service detains ex-MP Semenchenko, NABU 'agent' Shevchenko on suspicion of organizing private military company

Source : 112 Ukraine

Control and coordination of the criminal organization was carried out by 15 citizens of Ukraine
21:55, 24 March 2021

Security Service of Ukraine
Security Service of Ukraine

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has exposed and stopped the activities of the so-called private military company - a paramilitary armed formation not provided by law. Former MP of Ukraine Semen Semenchenko and National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) "agent" Yevhen Shevchenko are suspected of organizing private military company. This was reported by the press service of SBU in Telegram.

"According to SBU, the company consisted of more than 150 people, and the organization itself operated under the guise of security firms and NGOs," the statement said.

The report states that the training of members of the private military company took place at a specially equipped training base in Kyiv region - there were combat training, training in handling weapons, military combat skills. In addition, some members of the military company studied in training centers abroad.

The case file shows that 15 citizens of Ukraine exercised control and coordination over the activities of the criminal organization. In particular, they recruited potential participants, giving preference to ex-servicemen and law enforcement officers with experience in combat operations.

Security Service detained ex-MP Semenchenko, NABU 'agent' Shevchenko on suspicion of organizing private military company
Ukraine's Security Service

According to the investigation of the Main Department of the Security Service of Ukraine in Kyiv and Kyiv region, the organizers of such activities were former MP of Ukraine Semen Semenchenko and Yevhen Shevchenko, known to the general public as a "NABU freelance agent."

In addition, according to the investigation, Semen Semenchenko and Yevhen Shevchenko are possible organizers and participants in an illegal scheme to import military spare parts and dual-use goods from the Russian Federation without customs control, which were later sold to state-owned defense companies at inflated prices.

They and other organizers were informed about the suspicion under Art. 260 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

SBU officers conducted about 80 searches at the addresses of office premises, places of residence, temporary stay and training of the defendants in the capital, Kyiv and Donetsk regions.

The law enforcers confiscated almost 5,500 rounds of ammunition of various calibers, seven RPG-26 anti-tank grenades, four grenade launchers, Kalashnikov handgun, two automatic rifles, three pistols and three AKS and AKS-74 Kalashnikov assault rifles, seven pump-action rifles, 38 grenade launchers VOG-25, 21 grenades (including F-1 and RGD-5), 16 igniter sets for hand grenades and six TNT grenades, plastids, a device for ensuring confidential negotiations, etc.

Financial documents and draft records on the organizational structure of the armed formation, personal files of participants were also seized.

Earlier, on March 24 Security service of Ukraine held searches in the apartment of the activist Yevhen Shevchenko. Shevchenko noted that nothing was found or confiscated as a result of the search. The cause of the searches is also unknown. The SBU did not comment on the searches.

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