Avakov: security forces carried out an operation against the gang, led by officials of the Soviet Zatoka

Аваков: Силовики проводят операцию против банды, возглавляемой чиновниками поссовета Затоки

The Minister of internal Affairs Arsen Avakov. Photo from the archive.

Law enforcement officers, including more than 300 employees of the Central apparatus of the National police of Ukraine, carried out the final operation against an organized criminal group, led by officials of the village Council of Zatoka Odessa region About this on his page in Facebook wrote the Minister of internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov.

“Today in the Odessa region, the national police together with the Department for investigation of particularly important cases of the Prosecutor General and the Directorate “K” SBU is conducting a massive operation. Searches and detentions on all elements of the gang. Recorded and submitted more than 50 episodes of crime, which was headed by the “elected” in the elections of heads of local Council,” – wrote Avakov.

According to him, the first of recorded crimes under investigation – manipulation of voting procedures and the organization of bogus voting. “In the village with number of voters 1,350 people, with the complicity of the relevant officials before the elections in several apartments was registered 750 voters. These “voters” brought to the polls, “vote”, allowing to come to power in the village, in fact, an organized criminal group” – said the Minister.

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As Avakov noted, the main purpose of the group was profit fraud with the land in the resort coastal area.

The Minister recalled that earlier the law enforcers conducted the first part of the operation against the organized criminal group which dealt with the protection of the rights of Estonian investors. From them the gang extorted 30% of the attracted investments in the amount of 50 million euros for the privilege of doing business in the Gulf. “The first arrests in may 2016 we spent on the fact of attempt at murder of the representative investor. Were detained six people (the head of the village Council, two gunmen, two accomplice, realtor). Investigators continued work to expose not only the individual tentacles, but the entire criminal octopus, the whole criminal structure and its leaders”, – said the Minister.

Avakov said that the gang committed crimes include 50 episodes, in particular the burning lodges and resorts in the Gulf with the aim of land redistribution under them, the facts of direct extortion, theft in the tens of millions of dollars.

“Today, the Department of defense of Economics and the Department of homeland security, the National police carried out the final operation on suppression of activity of criminal group, which included, besides government officials, local authorities, alas, and local judges, and Sbushniki, and the police and prosecutors. The operation involved more than 300 employees of the Central apparatus of the national police,” wrote the Minister and promised that the police together with the Prosecutor General’s office at the end of next week will publish a detailed report on the results of this operation.

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