The Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) is investigating the Romanian subsidiary of Russian oil major Lukoil in a case involving allegations of setting up of a criminal group, tax evasion and complicity to tax evasion.

Prosecutors have computed a loss of RON 9.1 million for the state, from the uncollected VAT and profit tax.

DIICOT have detained several suspects, claiming that between 2009 and 2010, they created four criminal groups that operated a fake circuit for the acquisition and delivery of bitumen. Vaya and Lukoil Neftochim Bulgaria were part of the transactions

Prosecutors say that this illegal circuit was backed by Lukoil Romania, through a legal representative.

Lukoil controls the Petrotel refinery in Romania through Lukoil Europe Holdings, registered in The Netherlands.

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