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Shufrych suspected of financing Russian Guard in Crimea

The MP is already suspected of treason and is in custody.

Shufrych suspected of financing Russian Guard in Crimea
Nestor Shufrych
Photo: Max Levin

The Security Service of Ukraine, together with the Prosecutor-General's Office and the State Bureau of Investigation, has collected new evidence of anti-Ukrainian activities of MP Nestor Shufrych, who is already suspected of treason. According to the investigation, the suspect set up a scheme to finance Russian occupying groups in occupied Crimea.

In particular, Shufrych paid money to the Russian Guard for providing armed protection of his luxury real estate on the peninsula. In three months of 2016 alone, a company under his control paid the occupiers more than half a million Russian roubles for these services.

The real estate in question is an unfinished health resort with a total area of more than 4,500 square metres, located by the sea in the village of Simeyiz. The land plot of over 1.5 hectares is part of a recreational area and borders Viktor Medvedchuk's dacha. The property was purchased from companies beneficially owned by Oksana Marchenko.

The relevant agreement was signed by a company where Shufrych's personal lawyer is the executive director.

Subsequently, the suspects organised the signing of an agreement with the Russian Guard for the "protection" of the property in Crimea, under which hundreds of thousands of Russian roubles were transferred to the occupiers' accounts every month.

In addition, the company controlled by Shufrych regularly financed the Russian budget by paying taxes and fees.

During the searches of the offices of the MP's affiliated companies and the suspects' residences in Kyiv, the SBU found documents, seals and other material evidence of criminal activity.

Based on the documented facts, the SBU and SBI investigators served Nestor Shufrych and his lawyer with a notice of suspicion under Part 3 of Article 110-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (financing actions committed with the aim of violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order or seizure of state power, change of the boundaries of the territory or state border of Ukraine).

Shufrych's case

  • The MP is involved in the case of a Russian agent network created by former MP and Russian FSB officer Volodymyr Sivkovych. In September, the SBU searched his home.
  • On 15 September 2023, the Pecherskyy district court of Kyiv arrested Shufrych for two months. He was not granted bail.
  • On 11 October 2023, the Kyiv Court of Appeal left MP Shufrych in custody.
  • On 14 December 2023, Shufrych's detention was extended for another two months until 9 February.
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