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SBU raids TIS sea terminal over embezzlement of $ 6m of tonnage taxes

SBU raids TIS sea terminal over embezzlement of $ 6m of tonnage taxesThe Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) was raiding the offices of the TIS group of terminals (Odesa region) and the apartments of managers of the company belonged to a Russian businessman.

The press service of SBU reported on Thursday that SBU is investigating into a case under Part 5 of Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine over embezzlement of $6 million of tonnage taxes.

"In 2015, the company of the famous Russian businessman who owned the terminal illegally registered rights to receive some funds from tonnage taxes paid to the Sea Port Authority of Ukraine. This happened due to the unlawful registration of ownership rights to a part of the water area of Adzhalyk firth, which belongs to the Ukrainian people, according to the Constitution," SBU said.

The press service said that the investigators seized large sums of off-the-books currency and stamps of offshore companies.
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