Motor Sich President Boguslaev cooperated with ‘DPR’ terrorists, SBU says
In October, SBU detained the president of the industrial giant Motor Sich on suspicion of working in Russia (Photo:ssu.gov.ua)
New evidence of criminal activity of Motor Sich President Vyacheslav Boguslaev, who is suspected of working in the interests of Russia, have come to light, Ukraine’s SBU security service reported on Feb. 1.
The agency reported that while carrying out investigative and operational activities it had been established that after the start of the full-scale invasion, the high-ranking official financed the “DPR” terrorist organization.
"In particular, this was done through the payment of ‘taxes’ and ‘fees’ to the budget of this quasi-entity," the SBU press service said in a statement.
According to the agency, Boguslaev cooperated with a Ukrainian company that has been under the control of the “Donetsk people’s republic” since 2014. His goal was to supply aircraft components to enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex.
The law enforcers established that through the transaction, the "budget" of the "DPR" received over RUB 290 million ($4.15 million) in the form of "taxes" from the sale of aircraft products for the needs of the Kremlin regime.
The leaders of the occupation administration of Donetsk directed the money received to the needs of the Russian military groups participating in hostilities against the Ukrainian Defense Forces on the eastern front.
Based on this evidence, investigators of the SBU Main Investigation Department served new charges to the head of the industrial giant under Art. 258-3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (aiding a terrorist organization).
In addition, during the new searches, law enforcement officers found more than two dozen medals, certificates and honorary awards to the president of Motor Sich JSC from representatives of Russia’s military and political leadership.
The pre-trial investigation is ongoing to establish all the circumstances of the crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice.
On Oct. 22, 2022, NV reported that the SBU detained the honorary president of Motor Sich and former MP from the Party of Regions Vyacheslav Boguslaev in connection with the case of the company's illegal supply of military products for Russian attack aircraft.
According to RFE/RL’s “Skhemy” investigative project, Boguslaev has been a Russian citizen since 2000.
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