State Bureau of Investigation: ex-People's Deputy Gorbatov financed the “DPR” and stole more than 6,000 artifacts from Crimea

SBI: ex-people's deputy Gorbatov financed the

Employees of the SBI exposed the former People's Deputy of Ukraine Valery Gorbatov, who at the beginning of the 2000s headed the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, of financing the terrorist organization “DNR”. According to the department, he continued to carry out business activities in the occupied territories of Ukraine and paid taxes to the occupiers.

In addition, the ex-official appropriated the cultural heritage of Ukraine, according to preliminary information, stolen from the museums of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and bought from “black archaeologists”.

According to the SBI, the collaborator has close ties with the so-called Sergey Aksyonov, the head of the annexed Crimea, with whom he has a common business, while Aksyonov's wife gave a power of attorney for the right to use her property to Valery Gorbatov.

SBI: ex-People's Deputy Gorbatov financed the

The DBR exposed Gorbatov for illegal activities. Photo: dbr.gov.ua

In addition, Valery Gorbatov is directly related to the activities of the Gorlovka Paper Factory and Charitable Union (BS) LLC, which work in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and, accordingly, pay taxes, “which actually finances illegal armed terrorist groups.”

– Firms affiliated with Valery Gorbatov also operate in the temporarily occupied Crimea. In order not to “shine” personally, Gorbatov’s business in the occupied part of Ukraine is registered to his son, nephew and other trusted persons, the State Bureau of Investigation added.

According to the department, the group's interests include real estate, political activities and agribusiness. Director of the State Bureau of Investigation Aleksey Sukhachev stressed that the investigators had collected “irrefutable evidence of Valery Gorbatov’s involvement in financing actions aimed at overthrowing the constitutional order in Ukraine, changing its borders or state border and justifying aggression against Ukraine.”

SBI: ex-People's Deputy Gorbatov financed the

According to operational data, the former deputy left Kyiv for the occupied territories on the eve of full-scale Russian aggression.

As part of the criminal proceedings initiated, the SBI officers conducted 6 searches. In one of the office premises in Kyiv, owned by the ex-deputy, more than 6 thousand units of historical and cultural values ​​were found. Part of the collection was kept in previously prepared “secret rooms” of office space.

According to the experts of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine, historical artifacts belong to the eras from the Bronze Age to the late Middle Ages. So, during the searches, Scythian swords Akinak, spears, axes, arrows, coins, chain mail of the 12th century, helmets of the Hellenistic era and dishes of the Trypillian culture were found. According to preliminary data, the collection is worth several million dollars.

The criminal article provides for punishment of up to 10 years in prison with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to 3 years and with confiscation of property.

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