The Security Service of Ukraine reported in absentia about suspicion of involvement in financing Russian aggression to oligarch Mikhail Fridman. The press service of the department reports this.
Fridman was charged with “financing actions committed with the aim of forcibly changing or overthrowing the constitutional order or seizing state power, changing the boundaries of the territory or state border of Ukraine, committed by a group of persons by prior conspiracy” (Part 3 of Article 110-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). The maximum penalty under this article is 8 years in prison with confiscation of property.
According to the SBU, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia, Fridman has “poured” about two billion rubles into several military factories of the Russian Federation. “Among them is the Tula Cartridge Plant, which produces cartridges, as well as the Ural Optical-Mechanical Plant named after Yalamov, which produces high-tech equipment for Russian combat aircraft and helicopters,” the department said in a statement.
According to the SBU, Fridman used the assets of the Alfa Group controlled by him and his own resources for the “mass distribution of dry rations, clothing and other products under the Russian Army trademark, supplied to the occupiers on the front line.” Also, the businessman’s structures “took over the insurance of military equipment, as well as the life and health of Russian invaders at the front.”
The department claims that Fridman himself “ensures the cooperation of his own telecommunications enterprise with the FSB” in the occupied territories, and also allegedly “organized the collection of material and technical assistance for the needs of the occupation groups.”
Earlier, journalists of the “Schemes” project of the Ukrainian service of Radio Liberty reported that Russian companies associated with businessman Mikhail Fridman supply the Russians fighting in Ukraine with uniforms and food, and also insure the transport of the Russian Guard, which is used at the front.
Investigators have established that the Russian company X5 Retail Group, whose shareholder is Fridman, cooperates with the Voentorg enterprise of the Russian Ministry of Defense, which, in turn, provides uniforms and food to the Russian military participating in the war in Ukraine.
“Schemes” also found out that the Russian company AlfaStrakhovanie, co-owned by Fridman, provides insurance services for official vehicles to units of the Russian Guard that are fighting in Ukraine.
On May 16, 2022, the Ukrainian authorities arrested the assets of the Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman for more than 12.4 billion hryvnia ($416 million) in Alfa Bank; these are securities of Cypriot companies affiliated with the businessman that were in bank accounts.
In June last year, the Ukrainian authorities announced the arrest of the corporate rights of the companies of the Russian oligarch for 53.4 million hryvnia ($1.8 million). Ukrainian media then reported that the talk could be about Mikhail Fridman.