: Ukraine's foreign currency stolen from Donbas appears in Russia

15:21 Apr. 28, 2016

Ukraine's foreign currency stolen from Donbas appears in Russia

A stack of ten euro banknotes sit on a pile of U.S. dollar bills. (GettyImages)

Illegally taken banknotes are marked with blue paint

Foreign currency withdrawn on the currently occupied territories of eastern Ukraine appeared in numerous banks of Moscow, that's according to Russian law-enforcement officers.

Reportedly, one of the bankers was asked to exchange several million euros, the banknotes though were marked with blue paint. Another bank staff member was asked to fulfil a 50 million hryvnias exchange request.

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Later the police confirmed the information saying they were constantly searching for the criminal network. Participants are supposedly serving as mediators introducing these stolen funds to the high-ranked Russian bankers, who assist in laundering large sums.

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Police state Russia's illegal market is full with the banknotes stolen from the Russian-occupied territories of Donbas. The lawyers add sometimes the villains even burn paper notes slightly claiming they had undergone a fire.

Russian banks deny accepting and exchanging separatists' money. However, according to the formal law, it is not forbidden to exchange damaged notes for new ones, thus, everyone who has a personal ID can conduct a transaction at a nearest bank office in Russia.

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