The group has set up a scheme of illegal logging and timber processing on the territory of Kharkiv region and their subsequent implementation. For failing to take appropriate responses, the local police regularly received bribes, noted in GU NP in the Kharkiv region. Installed: criminal business defendants convicted daily has caused to the state more than 100 000 hryvnias of damage.
In November 2019 the investigators of the Kharkiv office of the Department of homeland security, the NEC received information on the group which was engaged in illegal transactions related to large-scale deforestation in the Kharkiv region. Besides, it is established that the illegal activities were covered up by the local police.
On collected materials the internal security of the NHRI, the Prosecutor’s office of Kharkiv region opened criminal proceedings under part 4 of article 246 (Illegal cutting or illegal transportation, storage, and distribution of forests) and part 3 St. 368 (acceptance of an offer, promise or obtaining illegal benefit by the official) Criminal code of Ukraine. Subsequently, the materials were transferred for investigation in the GBR, located in the city of Poltava.
The group included more than three dozen people in Kharkiv, and Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Sumy and Chernihiv regions. The organizer of illegal business – a resident in Zmiev district, Kharkiv region.
Attackers have developed a strong network of harvesting roundwood hard species (oak, ash), transportation with the subsequent sale. The result cut the large sections, and then every day the government was losing at least 100 000 UAH.
In addition, it was found that interference in criminal activity and the lack of accountability the staff of the local police regularly received from members of the group illegal benefits.
April 9, 2020 workers of internal security of the NHRI, the RRT and the Prosecutor’s office of Kharkiv region, in the physical support of the soldiers of the quick response Department DVB FSL, spent nearly 50 authorized searches in the place of residence of the defendants of conspiracy on the territory of several regions of Ukraine, in the places of storage of ready-to-timber marketing and the place of service of staff of the Kharkiv police of various units.
Discovered and seized a large quantity of roundwood, recycled wood, equipment, and chainsaws, invoices, draft documents, Bank cards, mobile phones, cash in domestic and foreign currency.
According to the results of activities it is declared suspicion to the organizer of the group, 10 civilians and four police Valkovsky Department of police of GUNP in the Kharkiv region. The court filed the petition for election of a measure of restraint. Also scheduled examination, the findings of which will establish the extent of caused damage to the state.