Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Former Vice President of PrivatBank in Ukraine, investigated by the FBI, arrested while trying to escape in a private plane


He was returned by authorities at Kiev’s Borispil Airport on February 22 after the pilot was forced to land. The former official was trying to flee because he had learned that he was to be arrested for embezzlement.

PrivatBank, Ukraine’s largest bank, nationalized in 2016, is at the center of an FBI investigation into the laundering of more than $ 5 billion in fraudulent loans through US companies.

Former PrivatBank owners Igor Kolomoiski and Hennadiy Boholyubov are accused by the US of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars from the Ukrainian banking circuit between 2008-2016 with the help of two Miami accomplices, Mordechai Korf and Uriel Laber.

Kolomoiski and Boholyubov laundered money through metal alloy companies and commercial properties, the latter being the subject of lawsuits in Florida.

The FBI suspects that embezzled funds from there would be administered in the US by Korf and Laber from Miami, who officially work in a humanitarian organization close to the Lubavitch Jewish community.

Igor Kolomoisky, the millionaire who was the owner of the current president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, when he was just a television actor, is officially under an investigation by the American FBI, for possible money laundering in connection with the plant’s financial activities its Kentucky alloys, now closed.

Kolomoiski, a television owner in Ukraine and former owner of the country’s main bank, bought in the United States, among many other secondary properties, a plant in the state of Kentucky (CC Metals & Alloys, CCMA) that produces an alloy of iron and silicon.

It did not resume operations in July due to the economic crisis, but drew attention, in addition to major financial irregularities, by the fact that this plant, which last year produced 40% of US ferrosilicon, is now producing, although closed. , a large-scale cryptocurrency, writes Radio Free Europe Moldova.

The United States, one of Ukraine’s biggest financial and military supporters, has repeatedly expressed concern about the oligarchs’ influence on Ukraine’s government and economy.

Washington also complained about the lack of investigations into tycoons and corrupt officials and made some aid conditional on improvements in judicial reform.

The arrest of Yatsenko, who was flying in a private plane owned by Kolomoyskiy, is the latest in a series of Kiev actions to address cases that resonate with the United States.

Last week, Zelensky approved sanctions on Viktor Medvedchuk, a tycoon and parliamentarian with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Medvedchuk was sanctioned by the United States in 2014 for undermining democracy in Ukraine.

On February 2, Zelenskiy sanctioned three television stations believed to be owned by Medvedchuk. In late January, he announced an investigation into Ukrainian individuals accused of meddling in the 2020 US presidential election.

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