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.”
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.