Corrupted officials were selling Ukrainian passports to pro-Russian militants for $40 each

Security Service of Ukraine stopped illegal mechanism that was used to issue passports of Ukrainian citizen to residents of the territory which is temporarily occupied by terrorists.

Detained head of local department of Migration Office who was selling passports

Detained head of local department of Migration Office who was selling passports

The procedure was organized by a representative of one of the illegal armed groups of so-called Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR). According to information available now passports were also ordered to legalize militants on Government-controlled territory.

Courier of terrorists was delivering all documents needed to issue a passport to departments of State Migration Service of Ukraine in Lugansk Region located on the territory controlled by Ukrainian authorities. Officials of one of the departments were issuing new passports illegally, they were renewing damaged or lost passports. People who were ordering passports were paying about 40 USD for each new ID.

Officers of Security Service of Ukraine detained courier first, he had about 20 passports and other documents of residents of temporary occupied territories. Later they detained the head of one of the departments of Migration Service in his office while he was getting almost 4000 UAH bribe. He got the money for 4 passports.

Investigators of Security Service of Ukraine started criminal case according to Part 1 of Article 258-3 and Part 3 of Article 368 of Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Reported by Security Service of Ukraine at www.sbu.gov.ua

Security Service also posted a video of the detained head of one of the local departments of Migration Office in Lugansk Region who was selling passports.

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