: Benefits for militants?

12:44 Apr. 21, 2016

Benefits for militants?

The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, at podium, speaks with advisors before the start of the Victory Day parade in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, on May 9, 2015 (Getty Images)

19 Russian-backed separatist "officials" receive regular payments as internally displaced persons

So-called officials from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, which is considered a terrorist organisation, received social benefits from Ukrainian authorities as internally displaced persons.

The scheme was uncovered by Ukraine's Security Service (SBU). 19 Russian-backed separatist self-appointed representatives registered on the government-controlled territories as the persons, who were forced to flee their homes, and then sent couriers to get their money.

At the moment, all payments have been stopped.

Watch also Donbas pensioners must travel to liberated towns to receive Ukrainian pensions

Earlier this month journalists from Ukraine's TSN news (1+1 Channel) discovered that during two years of war the state had paid millions of hryvnias to about 700, 000 fake displaced persons. The shocking statistic was confirmed by the State Security Service and the Ministry of Social Policy.

Moreover, out of these 700, 000 sham refugees – 60,000 names are of deceased people, whose documents were used to receive pensions and social benefits.

Read also Russia spends USD 40 mln monthly for occupied Donbas

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