Two citizens of Azerbaijan were punished for attempt to bribe border guards


Two citizens of Azerbaijan trying to bribe the border guards at the checkpoints were found guilty by the court decision and imposed fines in the amount of 9 and 12 thousand UAH. Thus, on October 7, a citizen of Azerbaijan offered the border guards of the BD “Chernomorsk” $ 200 for unimpeded entry into the territory of Ukraine in Odesa region at the checkpoint “Illichivsky-ICC” during the passport control.

And on October 5, at the BD “Domanovo”, the guards of the Lutsk Detachment when carrying out measures on passengers control from the bus “Kamyanets-Podilsky-Brest”, discovered counterfeit marks on crossing the state border of Ukraine at one of the passengers, also a citizen of Azerbaijan. In order to positively resolve the issue, the foreigner offered a bribe of $ 50 and 600 UAH.

Certainly, the law enforcement officers refused to take advantage of the illegal benefits, and the facts of bribes offer were documented. Protocols were drawn up as to the offender under the Article 369 of Crime Code of Ukraine (Offer, promise or provision of unlawful benefit to an official). The cases were forwarded to the court.

Recently, proceedings were completed on both citizens of Azerbaijan, according to the results of which they were found guilty and imposed fines of 9 and 12 thousand UAH, respectively. In the second case, the offender was banned to enter Ukraine for three years.


Border guards revealed forged passports


Two persons attempting to cross the border in the check points using someone’s and forged documents were revealed by the staff of SBGS. Border guards detected these persons in the check points “Krakivets” and “Boryspil”. The citizen of Bulgaria tried to depart to Poland. The citizen of Iraq wanted to use the passport of the Swedish passport containing the signs of partial falsification – replacement of pages with constituent data. The woman arrived by the flight from Turkey, where she purchased the passport for $7000. Then she planned to get to Stockholm aiming to find better living conditions. The violator is rejected in entering Ukraine and will be returned by a back flight.


Border guards revealed forged documents owned by citizen of Cameroon and Ukrainian


The staff of the Border Guard Office continues detecting forged documents at the checkpoints trying to use the status of «seekers of a better life.” Thus, border guards found false documents for temporary residence in Spain owned by a citizen of Cameroon at the international airport Boryspil. A 27-year-old traveled by transit via Kyiv intending to get to Milan afterwards. The falsification was discovered by the border guards when the foreigner passed the border control at the checkpoint “Boryspil”. The man has already been returned by a back flight to Istanbul.

In addition, at the check point Milove bordering on Russia, the border guards of the Luhansk Detachment detained a citizen of Ukraine presenting the passport contained invalid stamp of the State Migration Service of Ukraine. The woman was detained and a notification on entering into the Unified Register of State Registration about revealing the signs of a criminal offense provided for in the Art. 358 CCU (Forgery of documents, seals, stamps and forms, sale or use of forged documents, seals, stamps) was forwarded to the National Police.



Three illegal migrants were apprehended at the border o Slovakia and Poland


Three illegal migrants from Russia, Turkey and Armenia attempting to get illegally to the European Union were detained by the officers of the State Border Guard Service in the frames of operation “Border-2017”. Thus, during patrolling the border guards of BD “Knyagynya”, Chop Detachment, revealed and detained an undocumented citizen of Russia 400 meters before the state border. The man traveled to the neighboring country.

Two more “happiness seekers” were disclosed by the border guards of Chop and Mostytskyi Detachment. They apprehended two citizens of Turkey and Armenia nearby the border on Slovakia and Poland. Aiming to clarify the circumstances and drawing up protocols on administrative infringement the foreigners were delivered to the departments of Border Guard service. Decision on the cases as to the attempt of illegal cross of the state border of Ukraine by the citizens will be made by the court.


Four illegal migrants were detained by border guards in Transcarpathia and Galychyna


Border guards of BD “Vilok” detained illegal migrants from South Asia according to the information provided by the operational staff of the State Border Guard Service. Two men without documents were found by law enforcers at the hotel in Vinogradov. During the initial interview the foreigners reported that one of them was a citizen of Bangladesh, another – from Pakistan. Both foreigners intended to cross illegally the state border and enter the countries of the European Union. For further performance of filtration measures and administrative documents draft under the Part 2 of Article 204-1 of the AICU, detained persons were taken to the department of BD “Vylok”. Measures are being taken to establish the circle of persons involved in the organization of illegal travel. The further destiny of the travellers will be determined by the court. Otherwise, the border guards of BD “Tysa”, Chop Department, detained a citizen of Russia attempting to cross the border avoiding the checkpoint. The violator left only 30 meters to cross the state border line. The detainee was taken to the Temporary Detention Facility in order to determine the circumstances of the offense. Border guards drew up a protocol under the Article. 204-1 of AICU. Afterwards, the case will be considered by the court.

Another illegal migrant was arrested by the border guards of Mostytskyi Detachment. The detail of BD “Krakivets” stopped a citizen of Turkey 400 meters from the border, who tried to move to Poland avoiding proper control. As in the situation with Russians – this violator came to Ukraine quite legally – through one of the checkpoints, but his subsequent actions entailed administrative responsibility stipulated in the Article 204-1 of AICU. The case will be considered in court, the detainee will have to wait at the Temporary Detention Facility.


Kharkiv border guards detained illegal migrants from Vietnam


The staff of SBGS detained four illegal migrants nearby Ukrainian-Russian border. The group of migrants from Vietnam was revealed and 10 m before the state border by the border guards of BD “Vesele”, Kharkiv Detachment. The foreigner, YOB 1983, 1991, 1993 and 1997, illegally crossed Ukrainian-Russian border. Administrative protocols were drawn up under Article 204-1 of AICU as to the travelers. The SBGS fixes activation in smuggling of illegal migrants through the state border in Kharkiv region. Since the beginning of the current year it was the second group of illegal migrants from Vietnam attempting to get illegally to Ukraine.


Transcarpathian border guards apprehended 12 illegal travelers


During the joint special operation “Border-2017”, the border guards of the Chop Detachment detained 12 illegal migrants from Yemen, Sudan and Vietnam. The officers of the Border Guard Department together with the officers of the Operative Search Department detained 6 citizens of Yemen and one Sudanese near the state border. According to the detainees’ words, they came from faraway borderlands in order to get the countries of the European Union in search of employment.

In addition, in the evening the border guards of Chop Detachment detained 5 more illegal migrants.

Having received information about the possible stay of a group of illegal migrants near the border, the law enforcers strengthened the protection measures and started to the village of Polyanska Guta, Perechyn district. Soon, a joint interdepartmental group of border guards, operatives from the Western Regional Department of the SBGS, officers of the National Police and the Security Service of Ukraine detained 5 Vietnamese citizens, including 4 women. They intended to get into the territory of Slovakia illegally.

All violators were delivered to the Temporary Detention Facility of the Chop Border Detachment in order to perform filtration measures and draft relevant procedural documents. The detainees will be brought to administrative responsibility under Part 2 of Art. 204-1 AICU “Violation or attempt to violate the state border”.


Night Operation: 7 travelers from Africa and Asia were detained by Chop border guards


Six citizens of Yemen and a Soudanese were apprehended by the border guards at night in Uzhhorod.

The officers of Operative searching Department informed colleagues from BD “Uzhhorod” about appearance of some persons nearby the border. Thus, seven illegal migrants were revealed and detained on the district road. As it was established according to the detainees’ words they arrived from far away countries in order to get to the EU countries looking for job. So far, the violators are delivered to the Temporary Holding Facility, corresponding procedural documents are drawn up. Upon identification the detainees will be called to administrative responsibility under Part 2 Article 204-1 AICU “Violation or attempt to violate the state border”. Their further destiny will defined by the court.


Illegal migrants: corruption schemes applied at the border in Transcarpathia

The journalist of ВВС Ukraine Vitaliy Chervonenko have decided to learn the most popular schemes at EU border, how much do illegal migrants pay to get to the European Union?

Hereafter, the author’s text is without any changes.

For this purpose, we started our trip to Transcarpathian region bordering with four countries of the European Union – Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.

The State Border Guard Service (SBGS) and the General Prosecutor’s Office provided Ukraine with the official data on violations, smuggling, illegal migration and corruption among the border guards. We also talked to the local border guards who told about the details of the life of the Ukrainian border on the EU.

Along the “green area” – to the EU

SBGS reported to the BBC Ukraine that the most the most common violation at the border with the European Union is the illegal crossing. During the first six months of the year 2017 there were 47 attempts fixed in Transcarpathian region by 95 citizens of other countries. These were mainly the citizens of Vietnam, Algeria, Morocco, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt and India.”From the experience it is possible to assume that the half of illegal migrants manage to reach that side,” – the border guard from Transcarpathia told BBC Ukraine anonymously. Illegal migrants go far from the check points to so-called “green area” – through the mountains and forests. The interlocutor points out two types of illegal immigration traffic – organized groups and single people. Single persons often come to Ukraine legally – as tourists or for study. And then they attempt to reach the EU on their own. Organized groups of illegal migrants are considered as more complex scheme. The main gateway to Ukraine for them is the eastern border on Russia and the Odessa seaport.

Who pays and what is the price?

The groups, as told to the BBC Ukraine, shall have an organizer. He collects money from everyone and provides delivery throughout all the way to the EU. “The most expensive for the entire service were the Chinese, who paid $40 000 for their transfer from China through Ukraine to Germany,” the interlocutor reminds. They were transported through Ukraine to Europe by two citizens of Japan and Canada. The transfer cost varies – from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars. For example, Pakistanis usually pay $ 10-15000. They come to Ukraine as tourists. Recently, the “Vietnamese Channel” has become more active. Before, the majority of illegal migrants went to Hungary, but this year the flow to this direction has decreased. Yet, last year it was easier to get asylum in Hungary for the illegal migrants, who managed to cross the border. And now in 95% of cases it returns them to the Ukrainian side due to Readmission Agreement.

Now people are trying to get deep into the EU being not linked to Ukraine in any way, for them not to be returned. A year ago, for a quite short period few groups could “penetrate” to the Hungary. Now it happened rarely. Recently, some work was added to the Slovakian side. On professional slang, “falling” means the following: if the group crossed the Ukrainian border, but they were captured there by Hungarians, Romanians or Slovaks. In general, the flow of illegal immigrants in Transcarpathia is redirected from Hungarian to the Slovak border.

How do they cross?

An attempt to cross the border for an illegal migrant  is just an administrative offense. A person will pay a fine or undergoes an administrative arrest. If she/he is legally in Ukraine, then she/he will be released. If illegally, then deportation takes place. Some students from Pakistan, as mentioned by the interlocutor, were detained during their attempt to cross the border for three times, and then were released. They had valid Ukrainian visas. Criminal liability is foreseen only for the organizers of the tranportation. Therefore, the most important thing for the border guards is to detain exactly them.

Local residents are often involved in illegal crossing. These smugglers know all the ways and paths having mainly two passports – Ukrainian and one of neighboring country. If there is a dangerous situation on the other side, then the “guide” flees. If he is caught – he shows a Hungarian or Romanian passport and returns to Ukraine easily. The organizers are well equipped. They have thermal imaging devices and communication tools. They track the border details and if they see a “gap”, the group immediately passes. It happens mostly at night. The interlocutor says that border guards can be involved in the scheme. “Somebody leaves aside when it’s necessary to pass the group. It is enough to whisper somebody whether there is a detail at a certain point,” he admits. When Hungary granted refugee status to almost everyone who crossed the border, another scheme was active. Illegal migrants were taken several hundred meters before the border, and then they simply “stormed” the barbed wire. The main thing was to have time to cross the border and ask for an asylum there: “This is a bloody affair. They overcome barbed wire being injured, covered with blood,” the source of the BBC Ukraine reported.


Transcarpathian border guards apprehended illegal migrant from Nigeria


Border guards of Mukachevo Detachment, Transcarpathian region, revealed a foreigner probably staying illegally on the territory of Ukraine. The border guards of BD “Dilove” stopped the car «Mercedes Sprinter» driven by the citizen of Ukraine. There was also 34-year-old African man inside the car, who provided the passport of the citizen of Nigeria for the verification. The foreigner did not have document proving his legal stay within Ukraine. In order to establish all the circumstances of the infringement provided by the Art.202 of AICU “Violation of border regime, regime in the check points through the state border or regime rules in the entrance points”. Corresponding documents were issued as to the foreigner and he was delivered to the border subdivision. So far, the man will be handed to the staff of Migration Service.