Security Service of Ukraine conducts searches in Russian company
Searches are being carried out in offices of the maritime terminal belonging to the Russian entrepreneur in the Odessa Region. They are conducted by the staff of the State Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), in connection with the case on misappropriation of 6 million dollars levied in the form of fees from ocean ships.
According to RBC, searches are also carried out in apartments and houses of managers of the company. During the investigative actions large amounts of currency and seals of the offshore companies were withdrawn. The investigation intends to establish their authenticity.
In the message of the SSU reported to media, it is said that about a year ago the company of the famous Russian entrepreneur who possesses the terminal illegally arranged rights to receive the proceeds from port charges by means of registration of the property rights to a part of the water area of the Adzhalyksky estuary. The SSU, referring to the constitution of Ukraine, notes that the estuary is property of Ukraine.
Name of the Russian entrepreneur or company was not disclosed, however, the Transinvestservice group of companies (YEW), which owns several terminals located in the Adzhalyksky estuary on transfer of various dry freights － coal, ore, mineral fertilizers and grains － reported about the visit of intelligence agencies to the offices on Thursday. The company reported that the SSU withdraws documents reporting on the deepening of the seabed, carried out by the YEW in 2006-2010.
RBC also noted that in the summer of 2015 the SSU had already conducted searches at the company's terminal TIS-Zerno. Owners of the company TIS, according to last year, was Russian citizen Alexey Fedorychev and son of Ukrainian founder of the company Andrey Stavnitser.
The billionaire colonel who held the post of head of the regional Economic Security Department, and then Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department for more than 12 years, kept his 1 billion ($15.2 mln) in bank accounts.