SBI exposes military commander who organised enrichment scheme for his entourage and helped criminals to hide from court (VIDEO)

04/08/2023

SBI employees detained the former head of Zaporizzhia Regional Territorial centre for recruitment and social support (TCC and SS), who organised increased military payments for his close associates and helped representatives of a local criminal group to evade responsibility. He is currently the head of the Donetsk regional TCC and SS.

As the head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Commissariat from July to December 2022, the man unlawfully sent his close subordinates to a combat brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, allegedly to perform combat missions.

However, these employees of the military enlistment office were in the combat zone on a free schedule, as if on holiday. The investigation established that they had not been appointed to positions in a fighting unit, did not participate in battle and were in the frontline zone without any reason.

The military commissar arranged for these servicemen to receive certificates of direct participation in hostilities, which unjustifiably awarded them additional combat allowances totalling UAH 981,300.

Moreover, one of these subordinates provided documents to receive UAH 700,000 in financial assistance in connection with disability due to participation in hostilities.

The head of the military enlistment office also employed representatives of local criminals in the TCC and JV to help them evade court proceedings in particularly serious crimes.

He also helped one of the "criminal bosses" to withdraw from the military register for unhindered travel abroad.

During the searches, they found evidence of illegal acts and personal photos of his subordinates who received unjustified payments during the so-called "service".

The SBI detained the military commissar and served him a notice of suspicion of abuse of power committed under martial law (Article 426-1(5) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

The sanction of the article provides for punishment in the form of imprisonment for up to 12 years.

Procedural supervision is provided by the Specialised Defence Prosecutor's Office of the Eastern Region.