NABU tells about scale of disrupted undercover operation
First deputy head of the State Migration Service, Dina Pimakhova, was not the key target of the special operation by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau aimed at exposing high-level corruption, according to NABU press-secretary Daria Manzhura, Hromadske Radio reports.
"The National Bureau regards the situation as a deliberate subversion, planned and implemented with the participation of the Security Service of Ukraine and the Prosecutor General's Office. Starting April this year, a special operation undercover has been conducted, but both the SBU and PGO with their arrests yesterday have disrupted the operation," Manzhura told Hromadske Radio.
"The first deputy head of the Migration Service, Dina Pimakhova, was not the operation's key target," says Manzhura. "The operation was aimed at revealing a massive criminal group and identifying all the participants in the scheme."
The NABU spokeswoman said that as of the morning of November 30, the agency lost contact with seven of its operatives, and their whereabouts are still unknown. However, she claimed that they were safe. According to unconfirmed information, they were at the site of the search by the SBU and PGO, while according to the official NABU report, there was only one person present there.
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