In the Kharkiv region forestries searched

В Харьковской области обыскивают лесхозы

For illegal logging in Ukraine can receive up to five years in prison

Forestry is suspected of illegal felling of trees for future timber marketing businesses at low prices.

In the Kharkiv region Prosecutor’s office together with the police conducted searches in the forest farms in the region and business counterparties that may be involved in illegal felling of trees. On Thursday, September 13, the press service of the regional Prosecutor’s office.

In particular, militiamen carry out investigative actions in the framework of criminal proceedings opened under article abuse of official position, entailed heavy consequences.

“According to preliminary data, in forestry, illegally, without proper permits, cut down trees, and then marketed their businesses at low prices”, – stated in the message.

At the moment, already carried out 28 searches in the area of six forest enterprises and at processing enterprises and at the place of residence of defendants in criminal proceedings in which the seized wood and documents. Searches are still ongoing.

Recall, the Verkhovna Rada adopted act No. 5495, which envisages a criminal liability for illegal export from Ukraine timber and timber products.

In addition, from Ukraine to the EU imports more illegal timber than any other country in the world and more than from Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia combined, says the report of the British NGO, Earthsight, studying the problems of illegal logging around the world.

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