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Lithuania launches probe into finances of pro-Russian Ukrainian blogger

“We would like to inform you that a preliminary investigation was opened on August 2 under Article 216 of the Criminal Code (legalization of illegal proceeds). The investigation is being carried out by the Financial Crimes Investigation Service and organized by a prosecutor from the Public Prosecutions Department of the Attorney General’s Office,” Rita Stundiene, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office, told the website.

Based on information available to 15min, the investigation was opened in response to a statement by Russian lawyer Mark Feigin who alleged that Shariy, as a resident of Lithuania, may have carried out unregistered activities, receiving undeclared income from unclear sources in Russia. and not paying taxes since 2012.

Shariy now lives in Spain. Having fled Ukraine, the man, posing as a journalist, was detained in Spain in May at Ukraine’s request, then released on a promise not to leave. He is now awaiting a court decision on his extradition to Ukraine.

Shariy has amassed an audience of millions of Russian speakers and assets in Spain over the past 10 years, using the asylum and residence permit granted to her by Lithuania, 15min reports.

Shariy lost his political asylum status in Lithuania in January when the Migration Department, after various appeals, began verifying information about him, and the State Security Department later concluded that his presence constituted a threat to the security of Lithuania.

In June, the Migration Department banned Shariy from coming to Lithuania.

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