SBI has detained the official of Kyiv City Military Administration for illegal trafficking of persons across the border


SBI employees detained the head of one of the departments of the Ukrainian Ground Forces Command, who also holds a top position in one of the departments of the Kyiv City Military Administration.

He organised a scheme to illegally transport men of military age across the state border of Ukraine.

The price of the "service" for one person was 10 thousand US dollars. For this money, the "clients" were issued fictitious documents about their inability to serve in the military.

Several cases of issuing fake documents were recorded in the course of law enforcement investigation.

The SBI detained the organiser of the scheme when he was handing over documents entitling three people to leave Ukraine, for which he received USD 30,000.

Searches were conducted at the official's place of residence, the district territorial recruitment centre, and the Kyiv City Military Administration. As a result, more than USD 48 thousand (of which USD 2 thousand have already been identified as funds received for "solving the issue" of illegally transferring men abroad) and EUR 5 thousand were seized from the "dealer".

The preliminary legal classification of the crime is illegal trafficking of persons across the state border of Ukraine (Part 3 Article 332 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

The sanction of the article provides for punishment in the form of imprisonment for up to 9 years.A notice of suspicion and a measure of restraint against the detainee are being prepared.

The pre-trial investigation is ongoing, and other facts and persons who may be involved in the crime are being identified. The involvement of officials of one of Kyiv's territorial recruitment and social support centres are being checked.

Procedural guidance is provided by the Office of the Prosecutor General.