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Investigative actions are carried out within criminal proceedings into an alleged $6 million embezzlement of tonnage dues, Ukraine Today reports.

"In 2015 a company of a well-known Russian businessman, who owned the terminal, illegally formalized receiving of port dues, then transferred to the State Enterprise 'Administration of Sea Ports of Ukraine'. It became possible with registration of property rights for water area of Adzhalytskyi Estuary, which belongs to the Ukrainian people according to the Constitution," SBU reports.   

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SBU report has not specified the company in question but, according to, it is a biggest private port operator in Ukraine TIS Group. The main shareholder of TIS is allegedly a Ukrainian citizen of Russian origin Andrey Stavnitser, the son of the late TIS Group founder, Alexei Stavnitser.