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SBU found Shariy evaded investigation

22.02.2021, 17:01

The security service considers the non-appearance of pro-Russian politician and blogger Anatoly Shari for questioning on February 22 as evasion of the investigation, as the SBU website reported it. . 

“On February 22, Anatoliy Shariy was subpeoned to appear in order to conduct the investigative measures involving the suspected persons, he failed to appear. His non-appearance can be interpreted as evasion from the investigation," the SBU said.

At the same time, the SBU reminded that on February 16, Shariy was informed about the suspicion under Part 1 of Art. 111 ("Treason") and Part 1 of Art. 161 ("Violation of equality of citizens depending on their race, nationality, religious beliefs, disability and other grounds") of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

The SBU also said that in order to satisfy the request of Shariy's lawyer Valentyn Rybin, both he and his client were subpoened to appear on February 25 to review the case files, which served as the basis for Shariy's suspicion.

As IMI reported, on February 16, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced suspicion of committing a crime to pro-Russian politician and blogger Anatoliy Shariy,  who, according to investigators, carried out illegal activities to the detriment of the country's national security in the information sphere. According to the SBU press center, the department has reason to believe that Shariy acted on the orders of foreign structures. In November 2020, the SBU opened criminal proceedings against Anatoliy Shariy for encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine. Criminal proceedings were instituted after Shariy used a map of Ukraine on his YouTube channel, which did not include the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas.

In June 2020, the State Fiscal Service summoned Anatoliy Shariy, who had been granted political asylum in Europe, for questioning in criminal proceedings for money laundering.

On April 14, 2020, Shariy was revoked from the wanted list as part of a case of shelling his own car to stage an assassination attempt.

On April 10, 2019, the Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kyiv refused to initiate extradition, cancelled the search and arrest of Anatoliy Shariy in absentia, and returned the case for using a firearm during a row at a MacDonalds restaurant in Kyiv in May 2011 for further investigation.

On June 24, 2019, the Kyiv Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of the Kyiv Prosecutor's Office against the court's decision.

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