SBU summons LDPR leader Zhirinovsky, two Russian Duma deputies for suspicion notices
Ukraine's SBU Security Service has summoned leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) Vladimir Zhirinovsky and two Russian State Duma deputies in order to serve them suspicion notices and question them on Thursday, September 27.
"The suspect, Russian citizen Vladimir Volfovich, born April 25, 1946, resident at Nezhniskaya St. 14, Moscow, Russia, in accordance with requirements under Articles 133, 135, 290, 297-5 of Ukraine's Criminal Code, is summoned to appear at Volodymyrska St. 33, Kyiv, Ukraine at 09:00 on September 27, 2018 to the SBU Senior Investigator Makedonsky V.P.," says the summons, published in the official Uriadovy Kurier newspaper on September 22.
The summons says Zhirinovsky is being summoned to the SBU in order to be served with a notice of suspicion, to be questioned as a suspect and for acquainting himself with materials of a pretrial investigation, as well as to receive a copy of an indictment from a criminal case dated July 24, 2014.
In addition, Uriadovy Kurier published two more summons notices, according to which Russian citizens Aleksey Didenko, born March 39, 1983, a resident of Moscow, and Mikhail Degtyarov, born July 10, 1981, a resident of Moscow, are invited to appear at the same address at 11:00 and 13:00, respectively.
The SBU said it is inviting the Russians "in order to serve notices of suspicion, for questioning as suspects and to acquaint the men with materials of a pretrial investigation, as well as materials of the criminal case and to receive copies of indictments.
As earlier reported, on June 27, 2018, Ukraine's Prosector General's Office published a notice of suspicion to both Russian State Duma deputies under Part 3 of Article 258-5 of Ukraine's Criminal Code (financing terrorism). The names of the deputies were not published, but a source of the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency said the persons were Degtyarov and Didenko, both Russian State Duma deputies of the 7th convocation and LDPR faction members.
According to information provided by Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office (PGO), pretrial investigation has established that Zhirinovsky, "while located in Moscow during March-April 2014, with an aim of financing terrorist organization of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic and Donetsk People's Republic (LPR/DPR), created and headed a group of Russian State Duma deputies and LDPR members …. who collected funds from Russian citizens."
In addition, according to the PGO, Zhirinovsky and Russian State Duma deputies composed an agreement on material assistance to the DPR, including office space in Moscow. The PGO also said the group delivered transportation means to illegal armed formations in eastern Ukraine.
On September 21, 2018, Kyiv's Shevchenkivsky District Court gave permission for a special pretrial investigation of a criminal case involving the LDPR leader and two Russian State Duma deputies.