"Tasked by his handlers from the FSB, the public figure had to create and develop a political party as a tool for promoting Russia's foreign policy interests and an element of destabilization in Ukraine," head of the SBU in Kyiv and Kyiv region Oleh Valendiuk told a briefing on Monday, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.
According to investigators, Nahornyi's political force was to take part in the elections. Its lobbying for Russia's interests was supposed to prevent Ukraine from joining the EU and NATO, raising the question of granting Russian language the official state status. Ukrainian law enforcement officers showed videotapes where a businessman allegedly elaborates on how he was detained and recruited in Moscow. He has been in contact with Russian intelligence since 2013.
The SBU also revealed how Nahornyi got into the investigation's spotlight. A Russian businessman turned to the Ukrainian security forces, who was offered to have criminal cases against him and his parents closed in Russia for a bribe. Nahornyi was allegedly among intermediaries in the dealing.
"They offered the Russian businessman, who is now on the territory of Ukraine, to fraudulently resolve the issue with the Russian law enforcement agencies by handing them significant funds. In this case, we are talking about 500,000 euros and 1 million euros," a representative of the SBU said.
Russian Prosecutor General Yuriy Chaika and the son of former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka were allegedly set to be complicit in the scheme. The two Russians were detained at a Kyiv meeting as the money was being handed over on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3. They were charged with capital fraud and arrested, with a bail set at 2.5 million hryvnia and 15 million hryvnia, respectively.
At the same time, one of the Russian nationals was charged with spying for Russian foreign intelligence. He was arrested without being able to be bailed out. According to Ukrainian law enforcement officers, two Russian citizens detained in Ukraine are holders of valid certificates of Russian lawyers.
Tymofii Nahornyi is a Ukrainian businessman, philanthropist, public figure, producer, president of the Fund of Volunteers of Ukraine, CEO at the Sport-Service international company. From 2004 to 2009 he was married to a 1996 Olympic gymnastics champion Lilia Podkopayeva.
On Oct. 4, Nahornyi was arrested to be bailed out for 528,600 hryvnia on Oct. 11. The SBU opened cases against the businessman under two articles of the Criminal Code: Article 111 (high treason) and Article 190 (fraud). According to Nahornyi himself, he is being suspected of treason since in September 2014, he was allegedly recruited by the FSB following the Peace March rally in Moscow in which he took part.