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According to Center UA, the Kyiv economic
crimes unit of the Interior Ministry started the investigation on Dec. 11. Recently, however, investigators stepped up their efforts, questioning some 200 witnesses.

The investigation allegedly was
launched five days before parliament – in what legal experts said was in breach
of numerous procedures – passed a set of laws that would have compelled
non-profit organizations receiving outside funding to register as “foreign
agents,” and eliminate their tax exemption status. The laws pertaining to
foreign-funded groups were later repealed.

“They (the police) aren’t
investigating, they are inventing the case, which is why they haven’t spoken to
any of the organization’s key officers…they are looking for pretext,” said group
founder and head Rybachuk, a former chief of staff of ex-President Viktor
Yushchenko.

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