The tobacco company distributor of the “Tedis-Ukraine” have passed the next searches. This was announced by Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko.
“Today there is a court-sanctioned searches of the leaders of the campaign “Tedis”.
Only that the firm has paid the largest fine in the history of the Antimonopoly Committee. UAH 300 million transferred to the state budget of Ukraine. Also, the GPU has received the documents to start the process of changing beneficiaries of kompanii “Tedis” – citizens of the Russian Federation”, – Lutsenko wrote on his page in Facebook.
The Prosecutor General recalled that criminal proceedings are ongoing.
We will remind, earlier experts declared about the establishment in Ukraine of the lack of cigarettes, but acknowledged the lack of goods artificially provoked – as panic demand for tobacco, and the actions of sellers.
As reported, in late March, the security forces exposed the scheme particularly major tax evasion and illegal transfer of billions of hryvnia from Ukraine through the company “Tedis”. Including the company is accused of financing terrorism. However, TEDIS Ukraine denies all allegations of the Prosecutor General, the company has already sought the protection of the President of Petro Poroshenko and interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
In addition, law enforcement officers raided the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukrainerelated to the tobacco distributor. The media also reported that the leadership of AMCU was suspected of receiving bribes from the “Tedis”.
In addition, it became known about arrest of corporate rights and Bank accounts of the company “Tedis-Ukraine”in PrivatBank.
“Tedis-Ukraine” (earlier “Metropolis”) – a distributor of tobacco products in Ukraine. The company is in the TOP 20 largest in Ukraine and full control of the market distribution of tobacco products. For many years the company has collaborated with international manufacturers of tobacco products: JapanTobacco International, Philip Morris International, Imperial Tobacco Group, British American Tobacco, as well as with suppliers of lighters FireTime and Ringo Ltd. In 2014 and 2015, 100% made in Ukraine cigarettes were implemented “Tedis”.
In December 2016, the AMCU has fined the “Tedis” 431 million UAH for abuse of monopoly – the claim was to the pricing. In addition, according to AMC, “Tedis” partially refused to sell the product in the absence of alternative sellers.