Ukraine’s SBU Security Service and the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) carried out searches at the residence of MP Oleksandr Dubinsky on Nov. 13, according to NV’s sources within law enforcement agencies.
One source indicates that the searches are linked to a case of state treason. Another informant says that it involves a criminal organization created to discredit Ukraine’s image on the international stage.
In the spotlight is the press conference titled “New Facts about International Corruption, Burisma, and the Scheme to Bankrupt Ukraine,” which Dubinsky and former Deputy Foreign Minister Andriy Derkach, also a suspect in state treason, held in November 2019.
During the conference, Dubinsky and Derkach proposed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and then-U.S. President Donald Trump to “investigate the facts of legalization” of $7.4 billion allegedly by Ukrainian fugitive ex-president Viktor Yanukovych’s circle through the American investment fund Franklin Templeton Investments, which has close ties to the Democratic Party of the United States.
Law enforcement conducted searches at Dubinsky’s residence on Aug. 3 due to the possible forgery of documents for overseas travel.
The MP received permission to leave Ukraine during the war, citing martial law, to accompany his father for medical treatment, said the Prosecutor General’s Office. However, law enforcement claims that he did not accompany his father; the latter left independently and returned to Ukraine much earlier than Dubinsky.
The SBI asserts that during his time abroad, Dubinsky managed to visit Italy, Croatia, and Spain twice. In Spain, he stayed in two hotels in Barcelona and its suburbs.
The SBI interrogated Dubinsky twice: on Aug. 4 and Aug. 7.
He was officially charged on Aug. 8, and now faces up to three years in prison.
Dubinsky was released on Aug. 10 for two months.
It was reported on Nov. 1 that law enforcement conducted searches at Dubinsky’s residence. Later, the SBU, commenting on this information, announced that searches were also carried out at the residences of his associates.
The MP organized an illegal scheme and used a public organization under his control to introduce “necessary individuals” into the Shlyakh (Way) system, allegedly as volunteers, said the SBU.
This effectively allowed Dubinsky to illegally transport his girlfriend’s brother across the border.
Dubinsky was informed on Nov. 3 of the suspicion of organizing the illegal transportation of individuals across the state border.
The Pechersk District Court of Kyiv placed Dubinsky under 24-hour house arrest on Nov. 6.
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