The SFMS as a financial intelligence unit of Ukraine takes enhanced practical measures aimed at counteraction to the legalization (laundering) of the proceeds from crime, terrorist financing and financing of proliferation of weapon of mass destruction. In particular, for the 1st half of 2019, the SFMS has prepared 398 referrals (of them 232 case referrals and 166 additional case referrals) which have been submitted to:
- the Prosecutor’s offices of Ukraine – 51 referrals (of them 11 case referrals and 40 additional case referrals);
- the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine – 92 referrals (of them 72 case referrals and20additional case referrals);
- the Internal affairs authorities of Ukraine – 75 referrals (of them – 63 case referrals and 12 additional case referrals);
- the Security Service of Ukraine – 110 referrals (of them – 64 case referrals and 46 additional case referrals);
- the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine – 69 referrals (of them – 21 case referrals and 48 additional case referrals);
- the State Bureau of Investigations – 1 case referral.
In these referrals, the amount of financial transactions that may be related to the legalization (laundering) of funds or the commission of another criminal offense is UAH 36.1 billion.
The SFMS pays particular attention to investigation of money laundering facts of corrupt acts, embezzlement and appropriation of state funds and property.
Thus, for the 1st half of 2019, the SFMS has submitted to law-enforcement authorities 89 referrals (23 case referrals and 66 additional case referrals) which are related to suspicion in corrupt acts, in particular to:
- the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine - 69 referrals;
- the Prosecutor’s offices of Ukraine – 17 referrals;
- the Security Service of Ukraine – 3 referrals.
In these referrals, the amount of financial transactions that may be related to the legalization (laundering) of funds or the commission of another criminal offense, defined by the Criminal Code of Ukraine is UAH 4,6 billion.
According to the legislation of Ukraine, the SFMS (as a financial intelligence unit) together with law enforcement authorities, takes measures aimed at preventing and countering to the financing of terrorist activities, separatism.
Thus, for the 1st half of 2019, the SFMS has submitted to law-enforcement authorities 42 referrals (of them 14 case referrals and 28 additional case referrals) regarding financial transactions of persons which, may be related to the financing of terrorism, separatism and/or conducted with the participation of persons, who publicly call for violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order or change of boundaries of the territory or state border of Ukraine, including:
- 17 referrals (of them 1 case referral and 16 additional case referrals) related to the implementation of financial transactions by individuals, whose identification data coincide with the identification data of the persons included in the List of Persons, related to the commission of terrorist activities or on which person’s international sanctions have been applied;
- 5 referrals (of them 1 case referral and 4 additional case referrals), related to the implementation of financial transactions by persons included in the annexes to the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine from 28.04.2017 (enacted by Decree of the President of Ukraine from 15.05.2017 №133/2017) and from 21.06.2018 (enacted by Decree of the President of Ukraine from 21.06.2018 №176/2018);
- 7 case referrals related to suspicions in the conduct of financial transactions by persons involved in the activities of the international terrorist group "Islamic State of Iraq and Levant" or other extremist groups;
- 13 referrals (of them 5 case referrals and 8 additional case referrals), that may be associated with suspicion of financing illicit armed groups in the temporarily occupied territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
Of the 42 transmitted referrals, 12 referrals contained information on identified relationships with the Russian Federation.
Referrals were sent to the Security Service of Ukraine.
For the 1st half of 2019, the SFMS in 27 cases (referrals) blocked funds of financial transactions of individuals who, according to information from law enforcement authorities, may be involved in the financing of terrorism, separatism, for a total amount equal to UAH 27,08 billion.
In order to increase the effectiveness of interagency cooperation, during the reporting period, the SFMS took coordinating measures for the implementation by the relevant state authorities of the Action Plan to improve the national financial monitoring system based on the MONEYVAL 5th round of mutual evaluation of Ukraine (hereinafter - the Action Plan). Thus, the SFMS has ensured a generalization of information provided by state and law enforcement authorities on the progress of the implementation of the Action Plan in 2018, and in the first quarter of this year, sent generalized information to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. In addition, the SFMS has taken measures for the preparation of the 1st follow-up report of Ukraine by all interested state authorities by the results of the 5th round of mutual evaluation of Ukraine by the MONEYVAL committee.
Also, during the 1st half of 2019, the representatives of the SFMS participated in 43 coordination meetings with the interested in AML/CFT state authorities.
At addition, the Memorandum on the general principles of cooperation in the area of counteraction to the legalization (laundering) of proceeds from crime, terrorist financing and financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction was signed between the State Financial Monitoring Service of Ukraine and the National Institute for Strategic Researches.
Also, on the 1st of April, 2019, the SFMS signed with the State Agency for E-Governance, an agreement on the connection to the electronic interconnection systems of the state electronic information resources and on the 25th of June, 2019, the Memorandum on cooperation with the organization "Yu-CONTROL" on launching the use of the SFMS of the service YouControl.
In terms of coordination of cooperation with the public and private sector, the SFMS has organized the regular meeting of the Council on counteraction to the legalization (laundering) of the proceeds from crime, terrorist financing and financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Working Group on prevention counteraction of financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, two meetings of the Public Council at the SFMS and the ninth meetings of the Working Group on Problem Issues of the reporting entities - banking institutions.
On the 26th of April, 2019, the Head of the State Financial Monitoring Service of Ukraine Igor Cherkaskyi presented a public report on the results of Service’s work for 2018.
Within the framework of legislative initiatives, the SFMS during the reporting period has provided active support to the registered Government draft Law “On Prevention and Counteraction of Legalization (Laundering) of the Proceeds from Crime, Terrorist Financing and Financing the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction” (registration number 9417) in the Parliament of Ukraine, which was supported by the specialized committee of the Parliament for consideration in the first reading.
The draft law was developed to implement the provisions of the Fourth EU Directive 2015/849 "On the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing" and the provisions of EU Regulation 2015/847 "On information accompanying transfers of funds".
Also, the SFMS has started the process of conducting the second round of the National Risk Assessment of the ML/FT based on the Methodology updated in 2018.
Within the framework of methodological work, during the 1st half of 2019, the representatives of the SFMS participated in 21 educational events, which involved about 730 persons.
In the direction of international cooperation, during the period from June 30 to July 4, the representatives of the SFMS participated in the meetings of the Working Groups and the 26th Plenary Meeting of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units in the city of The Hague, the Netherlands.
Also, the SFMS in the reporting period signed Memoranda of Understanding in the AML/CFT area with the FIUs of the State of Kuwait and the Republic of Austria and the Statement of Cooperation with the FIU of Japan.
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