SBU suspects Akhmetov’s supermarket chain of embezzling UAH 26.7 million from state budget
Investigative actions were carried out on October 30 in relation to the Brusnichka supermarket chain, which is part Rinat Akhmetov’s group of companies, according to Vasyl Hrytsak, chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), TSN news service reported.
"On October 30 of this year, the day before the large-scale raid, a number of investigative and operational actions, searches and seizures in particular were carried out in Dnipropetrovsk against the structure that stole UAH 26.7 million from the state budget, as well as to underpaid taxes to the budget worth UAH 500 million,” said the head of the SBU.
He stressed that "the sum is decent, especially considering that it’s about Brusnichka supermarket chain.
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Read alsoAntitrust agency probing abuse of monopoly by Akhmetov's energy holdingUNIAN memo. The company titled "Ukrainskiy Retail" [Ukrainian Retail], which is part of Rinat Akhmetov’s SCM holding, was founded in 2006. It has been developing across Ukraine a network of “freshmarkets” branded "Brusnichka.” The first store of the retail chain was opened in Donetsk in March 2007. The network operates in a "shop in the nighborhood" format, with each store being 300-400 square meters large
As of December 2014, the Brusnichka retail chain had 145 stores across Ukraine, in the regions of Donetsk (68), Kharkiv (22), Dnipropetrovsk (24), Zaporizhia (9), Luhansk (10) and Poltava (12). Since early 2015, the company has expanded the number of its retail network to 151 sites across the country.