SBU shows "treasures" of amber mafia in Rivne region (photos)

14:40, 05 July 2016
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The operatives of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine together with the prosecutors and police officers are continuing massive searches in the homes and offices of the individuals involved in an organized group dubbed as the "amber mafia" in Rivne region, the SBU's press service reports.


Law enforcers have seized from the organizers of the criminal scheme, the individuals who provided "protection services," and amber buyers hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, large sums in other currencies, a few tens of kilograms of "solar stone" in large fractions, and extraction equipment.

Read alsoOperation "Amber": Avakov says Rivne region's law enforcement chiefs to be arrestedSeveral top officials from the regional state administration and heads of forestries of Rivne region are among the suspects in the case. The law enforcement officers did not conduct searches of the ordinary diggers.

The law enforcers are now checking bank accounts and property abroad of organizers and other members of the criminal group.

Another 30 searches are ongoing.

Against five organizers of the illegal scheme, a restrictive measure is to be chosen by court.

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