14:45 26.01.2018

Criminal group led by former Ukrspyrt director plotted terrorist attacks against state institutions

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Criminal group led by former Ukrspyrt director plotted terrorist attacks against state institutions

An organized criminal group led by the former director general of the Ukrspyrt state enterprise, which committed a number of contract killings and assassination attempts, also plotted terrorist attacks against government institutions, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said.

"We are talking about a large group of criminals who committed several contract killings and assassination attempts in the city of Kyiv. Not all of them were named, only those which the investigation decided to disclose," the Interior Ministry's media liaisons office quoted him as saying at a briefing in Khmelnytsky on Friday.

Avakov noted that the criminal organization plotted terrorist attacks against state institutions.

"A group of militants prepared terrorist attacks against state institutions, including the removal of a number of state functionaries, the [interior] minister and other officials," he said.

The detention of the former director general of the Ukrspyrt state enterprise, Mykhailo Labutin, in Romania was reported on January 25, 2018.

According to the Prosecutor General's Office, he was in charge of a criminal organization whose participants committed several serious crimes, including the murder of the adviser to the Ukrspyrt director on May 30, 2017, and also planned the murder of Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

A request was sent to Romania for Labutin's extradition to Ukraine to bring him to account.

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