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SBI to strengthen cooperation with Czech colleagues in fight against organized crime

KYIV. March 7 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) will strengthen its cooperation with the National Center for Combating Organized Crime of the Czech Republic. Ukraine will receive data about Russian businesses, based in the Czech Republic, that support the war, the SBI has said.

“Today in Lviv, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between the State Bureau of Investigations and the National Center for Combating Organized Crime of the Czech Republic. The document was signed by the heads of the agencies, Oleksiy Sukhachov and Jiří Mazánek,” it said on the Telegram channel on Tuesday.

According to the memorandum, the parties will cooperate in the field of preventing and combating corruption, organized and cross-border crime, illicit trafficking in drugs, weapons, ammunition, and explosives. The priority tasks, according to the signed document, are the exchange of information, analysis, research and other methods for the prevention, disclosure, suppression and investigation of criminal offenses. It is also planned to exchange best practices in the investigation of crimes and developments in the use of information technology and other tools to combat crime.

The departments are going to organize joint training events, exchange of experts and specialists, hold working meetings, conferences and seminars.

“I want to testify my respect to the Czech people, the leadership of the republic, all citizens of the country and thank for the help and support that we have been feeling from the first days of the full-scale invasion,” the SBI chief said.

According to Sukhachov, the memorandum will give impetus to cooperation and unification of efforts in the fight against crime, which has no borders.

In turn, the head of the National Center for Combating Organized Crime of the Czech Republic expressed respect and support for Ukraine.

“You will always have maximum support from our side and from our organization. In particular, on the investigation of Russian crimes in Ukraine. We are also ready to share with you information about Russian businessmen who support the war against Ukraine and have property on the territory of the Czech Republic. We will also initiate the inclusion of such persons in the sanctions lists and the blocking of their accounts,” he said.

The signing of the memorandum was another step towards the integration of the State Bureau of Investigations into the European system of law enforcement agencies, the SBI said in the statement.