Citizens of Ukraine organized the provision of sanatorium and resort services to militants and Russian servicemen in the annexed Crimea. This was reported by the press service of the Chief Police Department of Kyiv.
"Citizens of Ukraine organized the provision of sanatorium and resort services in the annexed territory, in the city of Saki, and then created a mechanism for legalization of funds received from illegal business activities in Crimea," the statement said.
Investigators found that the scheme was organized by the management of one of the sanatoriums located in Saki. After the temporary annexation of the peninsula, the health resort was re-registered in the bodies of the occupation administration and an agreement was signed with the Russian Ministry of Defense.
When the entire management of the sanatorium moved to Kyiv, only the Director-General remained in the temporarily occupied territory. He is a deputy of the Saki city council from one of the key parties of the Russian Federation, membership in which he declares from July 1, 2014. At the same time, he did not turn to the Consulate of Ukraine regarding the change of citizenship.
In Kyiv, the offenders registered a "mirror" legal entity, the heads and employees of which are citizens of Ukraine. Funds were transferred to its accounts and then changed to cash. Money was legalized through the purchase and sale of securities.
During the searches, documents, seals, stamps and other material evidence confirming the illegal activities of the perpetrators were seized. A pre-trial investigation is underway.
Currently, one of the organizers of the scheme and his accomplice were informed about the suspicion under Part 3 of Art. 27, part 2 of Art. 28 and Art. 220-2 (Falsification of financial documents and reports of a financial organization, concealment of insolvency of a financial institution or grounds for revocation (cancellation) of the license of a financial institution) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said he was doing everything for de-occupation of Donbas to bring peace to his country, but 90 percent of success here depended on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Besides, Zelensky insisted that the closed entry-exit checkpoints in the occupied areas of Donbas are "another proof that the Russian side has little intention to adhere by the agreements regarding Donbas".
Zelensky also stated that Russia's passportization policy in Donbas "no different" from that in Crimea.