On April 21, 2021, the National Police of Ukraine in Odessa launched criminal proceedings under Article 366(2) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (forgery by an official, which caused severe damage) pertinent to Trade and manufacturing company Metiz and Trade company Metiz — dealers of Severstal-Metiz, Russian group of companies.

Law enforcement bodies are investigating the facts of systemic supplies via Bulgarian company Valimar — official representative of PJSC Severstal — of steel ropes, manufactured in Russia, under the disguise of braces, designating the manufacturing country as the Republic of Bulgaria.

At the same time, imports of steel ropes that originate from the Russian Federation to the customs territory of Ukraine has been prohibited by the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 1147 till 31 December 2021. By resolution of the Interdepartmental Commission on International Trade dated 21 February 2020, these products have also been exposed to the import anti-dumping duty that amounts to 50.09%.

“By facing charges of committing the forgery that caused severe damage, the appropriate public officials may be sentenced to imprisonment for a period up to five years, — explains Roman Marchenko, Partner at Ilyashev & Partners Law Firm, Honored Lawyer of Ukraine. — If suspicions are presented to foreign nationals, such individuals shall be subject to the detection procedures by Interpol and the applicable extradition procedures”.