Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office terminated criminal cases against Oplot leader

Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office terminated criminal cases against Oplot leader
Evgeny Zhilin

The Prosecutor’s Office of the Kharkov region has terminated the criminal proceedings against Evgeny Zhilin, head of the Ukrainian public organization Oplot.

According to Interfax, the criminal proceedings were closed due to the death of the suspect after receiving official notification from Russia.

Evgeny Zhilin was wanted in Ukraine since July 6, 2015. Apart from a number of political cases associated with participation in opposition, criminal proceedings under Art. 205 (Fictitious Business) of the Ukrainian Criminal Code were opened against him. Zhilin was accused of withdrawing more than 1 billion hryvnias (about 38 million dollars), of which about 100 million belonged to the Kharkov public utilities, via fictitious firms in the period from 2012 to 2014.

It was previously reported that Head of the Ukrainian public organization Oplot Evgeny Zhilin, who had been assassinated by hitman in the Moscow region, had lent large amounts of money before his death; for example, according to one of the receipts, he lent 400 thousand dollars to some woman.

As later reported by his guard, badly wounded in the attack, Zhilin was killed on September 19 in the suburban village Gorki-2 in Veterok café, where he was supposed to hold a meeting to discuss the transaction on the sale of Donbass coal.

According to investigation, the hitman had been waiting for the victims, and opened fire as soon as the latter entered the café and sat nearby. Then the killer fled in a car, which had been waiting for him.

Following the incident, Russian law enforcers instituted criminal proceedings under part 2 of Art. 105 (Murder of Two or More Persons) and Art. 222 of the Russian Criminal Code (Illicit Arms Trafficking). Zhilin, who had been residing in Moscow before his death, was buried in the Russian Belgorod, city neighboring with Kharkov.

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