The SBI has completed an investigation against the members of the criminal group that financed the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic"


The employees of the SBI have completed the pre-trial investigation against 3 members of an organized criminal group, including the co-owner and the two employees of a foundry in Makeyevka, Donetsk region. They continued to support the company's activities after the capture of the city by terrorists from the "Donetsk People's Republic" and paid almost 37 million RUB to the budget of the terrorist group.

The indictment was sent to the court.

The two co-owners of the foundry in Makiivka, father and son, organized the work of the factory after the beginning of the temporary occupation of the region in 2014. The company was re-registered in accordance with the requirements of the "new authorities", the products were exported to the russian federation, while another manufacturer was indicated in the documents. Afterwards, the products were sold in russia and through intermediary companies in Ukraine.

The investigation established that 37 million RUB were paid as taxes to the budget of the terrorist group «Donetsk People's Republic» by the criminals.

The father was conducting business in Ukraine, while his son was doing business on the territory of the "Donetsk People's Republic", where he was assisted by the two factory workers.

On February 15, 2024, the father, who was in Ukraine, was exposed and served notification of suspicion.

The pre-trial investigation against him continues. The man admitted his guilt and transferred 2 million UAH to the Armed Forces of Ukraine as a charity.

Also, in October 2023, the General Director of the factory was detained, the proceeding against him is currently being considered by the court.

The co-owner and two employees of the factory are accused in absentia of financing terrorism committed by an organized group (Part 3 of Article 258-5 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

The sanction of the Article provides for imprisonment for up to 12 years with confiscation of property.

The procedural guidance is provided by the Vinnytsia Region Prosecutor`s Office.