President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko calls on law-enforcement agencies to investigate into activities of lawmakers suspected of coordinating contraband groups.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, he claimed this opening the session of the National Security and Defense Council on Friday.

Victor Yushchenko informed that over the last 9 months, the number of criminal cases brought  on facts of contraband increased by 13% compared to the previous period.

The President stated that contraband is an extremely profitable business. According to Victor Yushchenko, an overwhelming majority of cases connected with contraband are brought on facts and not against concrete figures.

The President stated that the first question to law-enforcement bodies is “why are we afraid to open cases against concrete people, who perpetrate the contraband?”

Victor Yushchenko informed that the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) prepared materials for the National Security and Defense Council’s session with a list of groups and people who control them. Victor Yushchenko listed several examples.

In particular, in line with the SBU information, such groups as “Dobryaky”, “Sparrows”, “Khromoho”, “Brocard”, are coordinated by members of parliament.

The President called on SBU and the Prosecutor’s General Office to investigate into these cases and inform the society about it.