Ukraine brings criminal charges against Russian tycoon

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Oleg Deripaska is accused of sourcing raw materials in the country for weapons manufacturing in Russia

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has filed charges in absentia against Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska, the agency’s press service announced on its Telegram channel on Thursday.

Two other people described by the SBU as Deripaska’s “top Ukrainian managers” have been detained, namely the director of the Glukhiv Quartzite Quarry and the Russian tycoon’s supervisor at the mining company, the statement said.

According to the SBU, Ukrainian enterprises owned by the Russian aluminum magnate supplied ore and other raw materials to Russia to produce the Iskander ballistic missile system, as well as combat drones and radar systems that Moscow has used during its military operation in Ukraine.

The billionaire has been “notified in absentia of suspicion” under seven articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, “based on the collected evidence” the SBU said. It did not specify under which articles the charges were brought.

The SBU has repeatedly brought charges against Russian nationals in absentia, but so far none of the individuals have been detained, according to RIA Novosti news agency.

Oleg Deripaska is the founder of leading global aluminum producer Rusal. Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine in 2022 he has been placed under sanctions by Kiev, the US, the EU, the UK, Australia and Canada.

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