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Six detainees in amber case indicted

Among the detained two bodyguards of MP Rosenblatt, an assistant of MP Polyakov and three representatives of the Deputy Control group.

Six detainees in amber case indicted
Photo: ​ Photo: Serhiy Nuzhnenko

The operatives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) reported suspicion to six individuals presumably involved in extortion and obtaining undue benefits for assisting a foreign company in amber mining in Ukraine, NABU said in a release on 21 June. A court will shortly decide on the detention measure for the suspects.

"This is the first case involving agent operations," NABU chief Artem Sytnyk said at a joint briefing in Kyiv with SAP's chief Nazar Kholodynytsky on Tuesday.

He said the joint investigation began a year ago.

"It was the first operation conducted jointly with the FBI, pursuant to the assistance memorandum signed by NABU and the FBI," Sytnyk said. NABU detectives detained a number of persons involved in extortion and obtaining undue benefits for the assistance of a foreign company in amber mining in Ukraine. According to the investigation, people's deputies were involved. The operation was conducted in cooperation with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.