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Motor Sich ex-president Bohuslayev, his accomplice extend their arrests

The suspects will be held in custody without bail until June 2024.

Motor Sich ex-president Bohuslayev, his accomplice extend their arrests
Vyacheslav Bohuslayev

Former Motor Sich president Vyacheslav Bohuslayev and his accomplice have had their arrest term extended until 10 June without bail.

This was reported by the Prosecutor General's Office.

"At the request of the prosecutors of the Prosecutor General's Office, the court extended the preventive measure for the former president of Motor Sich JSC and his accomplice. They will be held in custody without the right to bail until 10 June 2024," the statement said.

Both suspects are accused of collaborative activities, aiding the aggressor state, and assisting a terrorist organisation (Part 4 of Article 111-1, Article 111-2, Part 1 of Article 258-3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

The former president of Motor Sich JSC is also charged with obstructing the activities of military formations during a special period (Article 114-1, part 1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

The Bohuslayev case:

  • Bohuslayev was detained in October 2022, along with the head of the company's Foreign Economic Activity Department, on suspicion of high treason. Later, the SBU published evidence of cooperation between the president of Motor Sich and Russia. He and the head of one of the company's departments, Oleh Dzyuba, were taken into custody.
  • According to the SBU, after the start of Russia's full-scale invasion, Bohuslayev financed the so-called DNR by paying taxes and fees to the budget of the self-proclaimed republic, in particular, he cooperated with a Ukrainian company that has been under the control of the so-called DNR since 2014 and whose purpose is to supply aircraft components to Russian military-industrial enterprises.
  • In October 2023, the court seized all the property of the defendants worth over UAH 12 billion. This includes funds, real estate, corporate rights of both officials, as well as their property that they obtained through criminal means and registered in the names of their relatives abroad.
  • Law enforcement officers conducted searches and found more than two dozen medals, certificates and honorary awards to the former president of Motor Sich JSC from representatives of the Russian military and political leadership.
  • Bohuslayev is suspected of collaboration, aiding and abetting Russia and obstructing the activities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
  • In January of this year, the Ministry of Justice filed a lawsuit to recover the assets of Vyacheslav Bohuslayev and the company's former top manager Petro Kononenko. The Ministry of Justice seeks to recover from Bohuslayev and Kononenko more than 30 pieces of real estate, corporate rights to more than 10 legal entities, property rights, including trademarks and patents for industrial designs, and a large number of firearms.
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