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.