The dealers were doing business in the temporarily occupied territory and financed the illegal armed formations of the so-called "DPR" (Donetsk People’s Republic),” the SBU reports.
The businessmen owned a supermarket chain, part of which was located on the uncontrolled territory of Donetsk. They turned out to pay the percentage of the profits to terrorists.
Reportedly, during the searches of the dealers’ offices located in Kyiv, foreign and national currency in the total amount equivalent to UAH 2 million was seized by the SBU officers.
Moreover, legal documentation, mobile phones with the correspondence for coordination of illegal activities, computer equipment with evidence of financing of illegal armed groups, accounting documents, contracts, certificates of completion, electronic storage media, banking documents and fourteen seals of law firms were discovered and seized from the owners of the retail chain. According to the SBU report, one charity foundation was involved in the illegal scheme. As a result, criminal proceedings were opened under Part. 1, Art. 258-5 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.