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Kolomoyskyy suspected in legalisation of fraudulently obtained property - sources

The oligarch was served with the suspicion this morning. 

Kolomoyskyy suspected in legalisation of fraudulently obtained property - sources
Photo: the sources in law enforcement agencies

On the morning of 2 September Ukrainian businessman Ihor Kolomoyskyy was served with a notice of suspicion of legalising his fraudulently obtained property, told the sources in law enforcement agencies.

The oligarch received suspicions under Articles 190 (Fraud) and 209 (Legalisation (laundering) of the proceeds of crime).

Later, the SBU reported that between 2013 and 2020, Ihor Kolomoyskyy legalised more than 500,000 hryvnas transferring them abroad through the infrastructure of controlled banking institutions.

The pre-trial investigation under the procedural supervision of the Prosecutor General's Office is ongoing.

In May the nationalised Ukrnafta claimed to take over Kolomoyskyy’s seized assets. The company wants to take over Ukrnaftoburinnya, Sakhalinske LLC, Sirius-1 LLC, and East Up Petroleum LLC.

On 7 November, 2022, the Ukrainian government announced the nationalisation of some enterprises that will meet the urgent needs of the Armed Forces and the defence sector. The list includes Ukrnafta, co-owned by oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyy. The oligarch himself refused to comment on the nationalisation of Ukrnafta.

On 9 November, Ukrnafta announced that its headquarters was blocked by armed men, and the SBU conducted searches at the Kremenchuk refinery, which is owned by Ukrnafta.

In September 2022, NABU detectives conducted searches at Kolomoyskyy’s place on the seizure of Ukrnafta's property and funds worth almost 13bn hryvnas [in 2015]. In addition, information about the businessman's deprivation of Ukrainian citizenship has been publicised. This has not yet been officially confirmed. 

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