SBU detains ex-mayor's daughter for collaborating with Russia

The daughter of the ex-mayor of Poltava owns an advertising agency in St. Petersburg
The daughter of the ex-mayor of Poltava owns an advertising agency in St. Petersburg

Ukraine’s SBU security service has detained the 36-year-old daughter of a former mayor of Poltava for collaborating with Russia during the 2022 and 2023 Russian elections, the SBU reported on Telegram on June 11.

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She faces up to 12 years in prison.

Natalya Veretenikova, the daughter of Oleksandr Mamai, the former mayor of Poltava, was identified by law enforcement sources.

Mamai is currently serving a sentence for corruption.

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Veretenikova owns an advertising agency in St. Petersburg that participated in the PR campaign for United Russia, the party of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, according to the investigation.

Ahead of the voting, Veretenikova used hundreds of her firm’s advertising stands and billboards to spread pro-Kremlin propaganda, the SBU said.

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While residing in Kyiv, she remotely managed the advertising business in Russia and received millions in dividends from it. The SBU claims that during her cooperation with Putin’s party’s “election headquarters,” she received over 35 million rubles ($392,162).

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During searches at her residence and Kyiv offices, law enforcement officers found computer equipment, mobile phones, and financial records detailing her cooperation with Russia.

SBU investigators have charged Veretenikova under Part 6 of Article 111-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (collaborative activity). She is currently in custody.

All of her assets, totaling over 270 million UAH ($6.5 million), have been seized. Among the blocked assets are three apartments in Kyiv, a minivan, and shares in the statutory capitals of two Ukrainian companies.

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