On June 30, 2017, the Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) under the procedural guidance of the Anti-Corruption prosecutors completed the pre-trial investigation of the criminal proceeding as of the facts of receiving an improper advantage by the 2 officials of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU). The abovementioned persons are suspected of committing a crime under Part 4 Article 368 and Part 3 Article 369-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine («Accepting an offer, promise or receiving an improper advantage by an official»). On the same day the indictment was sent to the court.
The suspects and the defence had been granted access to the documents of the pre-trial investigation on June 16, 2017.
The investigation revealed that the suspects (the Head of the Counterintelligence Protection of the National Economy of one of the Territorial Offices of the Security Service of Ukraine and the Deputy Head of Department of the abovementioned SSU Office) acting as a group of persons upon their prior conspiracy demanded and received from business entities an improper advantage in the amount of 50 thousand USD for the failure to put pressure on their business. The NABU Detectives have documented the fact of the SSU officials demanding and receiving from 2 Heads of the commercial companies through an intermediary half of the abovementioned improper advantage.
The NABU Detectives started the pre-trial investigation of the criminal proceeding at the beginning of January 2017. On March 15, 2017, the officials of the SSU were caught “red-handed”. On March 16, 2017, 6 they were given notices of suspicion.