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Criminal charges lifted off KVV Group co-owner accused of financing separatists

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCriminal charges in relation to financing separatists have been lifted by Ukrainian court off KVV Group co-owner Yevgeny Kazmin, as reported by Ukrainian portal Dsnews.

In May, Ukrainian Security Service arrested former member of Sevastopol City Council, co-founder and co-owner of KVV Group Yegeny Kazmin under suspicions of ‘financing separatism’.

He was accused of ‘financing Russian Federation’s institutions of power, using tax, duties and other fees in order to change the territories and state borders of Ukraine’. He faced a five-year sentence in prison with confiscation of properties.

Charges were raised against him in relation to the plans of his owned company Rich Plus, which is located on the Russian occupied Crimean peninsula, to build an apartment complex with a total of 6,952 apartments and provide 10% of those apartments to members of the Russian Federal Security Service and Interior Affairs Ministry free of charge. Kazmin, who has Russian citizenship, had informed Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of the plans to provide apartments to workers of the interior affairs ministry in a letter in July 2015.

Nevertheless, Ukrainian media report that on 2 September Kyiv Shevchenko District Court lifted charges off Kazmin because he voluntarily handed himself over to authorities before official charges were presented.

With the lifting of all charges, Kazmin’s security measure – house arrest – has also been lifted.

KVV Group is one of three largest metal scrap processing companies in Ukraine. It is reported that ever since his arrest and the beginning of the armed conflict in the country, Kazmin has lost control over KVV Group and multiple other companies.

2 October 2014, marked the signing of the contract on the sale of Liepājas metalurgs and its acquisition by Ukrainian KVV Group, which agreed to pay EUR 107 million for the production plant. The two sides agreed that KVV Group would perform the payment in several instalments over the course of ten years.

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