NABU probes into case of Ukrainian MPs Rozenblat and Poliakov jointly with FBI

15:59, 20 June 2017
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Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) Artem Sytnyk says that agents from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were involved in an operation to expose and record illegal activities of Ukrainian Members of Parliament Boryslav Rozenblat and Maksym Poliakov, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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What is more, Ukrainian NABU agents for the first time worked under cover, Sytnyk said at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday, June 20.

He declined to elaborate on the degree of FBI agents' involvement in this operation and to give more details about the Ukrainian agents' activity.

At the same time, Sytnyk disclosed that the agents had been engaged in the monitoring of the activity of the non-resident company Fujairah, which was founded in the United States and registered to the name of Rozenblat's sister for handling operations with amber.

A motion to strip Rozenblat of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc parliamentary faction and Poliakov of the People's Front parliamentary faction of parliamentary immunity was signed on June 19. They are suspected of abuse of power by tabling bills in parliament and other action related to illegal amber production in Ukraine.

Read also"Amber dealers" rake in profits equal to country's military budget – Prosecutor GeneralSix people have already been detained as part of an investigation in the amber case.

"In total, six people have been detained. These are three parliamentarian aides, one bodyguard of a Member of Parliament, and two representatives of a non-governmental organization that fights against corruption," Chief Anti-corruption Prosecutor Nazar Kholodnytsky said.

An aide of a lawmaker from the Radical Party is also suspected of the involvement in this scam, he said.

In his words, the motion to strip Rozenblat and Poliakov of parliamentary immunity was sent to Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko.

NABU agents on June 19 detained Rozenblat's bodyguard on charges of bribery totalling $300,000. They also conducted searches at Rozenblat's aides.

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