Putin’s crony has supercars, antiques and guns seized in multi-million quid raid
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Cops have seized a range of high-end supercars, antiques and guns from Vladimir Putin's crony during a multi-million pound raid, it has been revealed.
Ukrainian intelligence confirmed that they detained Vyacheslav Boguslaev, president of the industrial giant Motor Sich in Ukraine.
Officials from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said they applied "psychological pressure" to uncover information as part of the investigation.
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On Thursday (November 24 ), the SBU released pictures of the confiscated items which also included Scythian gold and objects from ancient times and Kyivan Rus.
Ukrainian intelligence services said that the items belonged to Vyacheslav Boguslaev, president of the aircraft engine manufacturing company Motor Sich and a Putin ally in Ukraine.
He is said to have illegally supplied Ukrainian aircraft engines to Russia.
The SBU said in a statement: "The security service searched the assets of the president of JSC 'Motor Sich' worth hundreds of millions of hryvnias. They tried to secretly take this property out of Ukraine in order to avoid its arrest as part of criminal proceedings.
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"As a result of investigative and operative actions, the participants of the arrangement were identified. They turned out to be several managers of the plant's structural divisions.
"During the searches, law enforcement officers discovered and seized: 7 luxury cars, including 4 rare ones; a cutter [boat]; 3 hunting rifles and a rifle; a large number of antiquities from European nations.
"In addition, the SBU exposed other representatives of the immediate circle of the 'Iskander-M lover' who encouraged the plant's employees to collect signatures under a 'collective appeal' to ease the measure of the preventive measure for their manager."
The statement added: "We will remind that counter-intelligence and SBU investigators detained the president of Motor Sich JSC and the head of one of the company's departments in October of this year.
"According to the investigation, the management of the plant in Zaporizhzhia established transnational channels for the illegal supply of wholesale batches of Ukrainian aircraft engines to the Russian Federation.
"Currently, a pre-trial investigation is underway to establish all the circumstances of criminal activity and bring the guilty parties to justice."
The raid and the seizure of the artefacts were also confirmed by the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.
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