The Security Service of Ukraine informed the owner of one of the largest alcohol holdings in Ukraine, Yevgeny Chernyak, about suspicion of financing the armed aggression of the Russian Federation. This was reported by the press service of the SBU.
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Suspicion against Chernyak and six other top managers of his companies was drawn up under Part 2 of Art. 28, art. 111−2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (assistance with the aggressor state, committed by prior conspiracy by a group of persons).
Business with Russia
According to the investigation, despite the full-scale invasion, his companies continued to conduct business with the aggressor country.
“It has been established that during 2022, only in the form of paying taxes and fees, the enterprises subordinate to him transferred about 6 billion in hryvnia equivalent to the Russian budget,” the message says.
According to the SBU, Chernyak’s enterprises located on the territory of four countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus, continued to purchase industrial volumes of alcohol and other related products from Russia.
“During searches in the office premises of the holding company in Ukraine, documents and other material evidence of illegal activities in favor of the aggressor country were discovered. The issue of seizing their private and corporate property for transfer to the management of ARMA is being resolved,” the SBU said.
It should be noted, according to Art. 62 of the Constitution of Ukraine, a person is considered innocent of committing a crime and cannot be subject to criminal punishment until his guilt is proven legally and established by a court conviction.
Who is Evgeniy Chernyak
Evgeny Chernyak is the general director of the international alcohol holding Global Spirits, which owns the Khortitsa vodka factory and the Odessa Brandy Factory. Global Spirits owns the brands “Khortitsa”, “Morosha”, “Pervak”, Blagoff and others.
In July 2023, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation put Evgeniy Chernyak on the wanted list. He was accused in absentia of financing terrorism for transferring money to the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the amount of more than 500 million rubles (about $5.5 million). In Russia he faces up to 15 years in prison.