Viktor Medvedchuk was allegedly involved in preparing the Promin project, supposed to serve Russia's goals in its hybrid war against Ukraine.
That's according to the SBU Security Service chief, Ivan Bakanov.
“At first glance, it's about creating an organization that would closely patronize Ukrainians going to work and study abroad – in the Russian Federation – and establish cooperation and human resource exchange between the two countries," Bakanov told a joint briefing with Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova.
"The real goal though is to create an infrastructure of influence in favor of the Russian Federation through labor migrants coming from Ukraine to Russia," the SBU head explained.
The mechanism of the Promin project would allow "stocking up on personal data of Ukrainians, recruiting them, and influencing the internal policy of our state, spreading Russian propaganda with their help," said Bakanov.
According to the investigation, this is seen as an anti-Ukrainian effort.
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- Vladimir Putin's crony Viktor Medvedchuk and the latter's ally Taras Kozak are being suspected of high treason and attempted plunder of national resources in the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.
- The SBU raided Medvedchuk's home and his party headquarters in Kyiv to conduct searches.
- The agency is now working to locate MP Medvedchuk.