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Court recognises Kolomoyskyy as Ukrainian citizen

The materials prove that the businessman was born in the city of Dnipropetrovsk and is a citizen of Ukraine. 

Court recognises Kolomoyskyy as Ukrainian citizen
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The Shevchenkivskyy District Court of Kyiv has officially recognised businessman Ihor Kolomoyskyy as a Ukrainian citizen. This was reported by Ukrayinsky Novyny with reference to court materials.

While choosing a measure of restraint for Kolomoyskyy, the court noted that he was born in the city of Dnipro and is a citizen of Ukraine, suspected of committing criminal offenses under Part 4 of Article 190, Part 3 of Article 209 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Instead, the court never raised the question of whether Kolomoyskyy was a citizen of another country, including Cyprus and Israel.

The Shevchenkivskyy District Court is debating with the Security Service and the Economic Security Bureau over the citizenship of Kolomoyskyy, who was arrested on bail of 509mn hryvnas on suspicion of money laundering and fraud.

On 25 September, Kolomoyskyy said in court that he had lost his Ukrainian citizenship but kept his passport. He explained that he had not been informed of this, but it follows from the case file. The businessman also confirmed that he also has passports of Cyprus and Israel.

Earlier, when the court increased Kolomoyskyy's bail, it justified the decision by the fact that he had renounced Ukrainian citizenship and was now an Israeli citizen, and therefore there was a risk of hiding abroad. 

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