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Former MP reports SBU and NABU conducted searches at his home

Serhiy Pashynskyi
Serhiy Pashynskyi

Officers of the SBU and the NABU searched the home of former MP Serhiy Pashynskyi, he wrote on Facebook on Feb. 12.

Pashynskyi linked the searches to the “fuel of oligarch Serhiy Kurchenko“ case, citing the transfer of nearly 100,000 tons of oil products he owned to state oil operators in 2014.

In 2015, Pashynskyi requested the president to address the army’s fuel shortage with Rosneft fuel, which he claims provoked ire from former pro-Russian President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych’s backers and their Russian counterparts.

“Through their agents, 10 years ago, the Russians, using their spy network, managed to open criminal proceedings against him,” Pashinsky said.

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It is on the basis of this 10-year-old proceeding that searches are being conducted at my place.”

The former MP called the media reports that he had been served with a notice of suspicion “fake”.

He says that since March 2022 he has been the head of the National Association of Defense Industry Enterprises of Ukraine, whose member companies produce drones, artillery, armored vehicles, ammunition, etc. and “during this time he has never left Ukraine.”

Kurchenko’s companies were suspected of stealing gasoline from Naftogaz of Ukraine. The Prosecutor General’s Office reported that the court had confiscated 100,000 tons of fuel from the oligarch’s companies. He was suspected of creating a criminal organization and legalizing the proceeds of crime through the sale of 800,000 tons of oil products.

In fact, the oil products were not re-exported and remained in Ukraine. As a result, the state suffered a loss of UAH 1.2 billion ($31,6 million) from 2012 to 2014.

Kurchenko himself fled abroad.

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