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Home of Ukrainian Oil Billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky Raided

While the FBI was busy conducting a “planned search” of U.S. President Joe Biden’s Delaware beach house (which follows their search of his Wilmington residence in January and, we just recently learned, the Penn Biden Center in November), Ukrainian officials were carrying out a search at the home of oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. Why reference them in the same sentence? We’ll return to that.

Per the Washington Post:

Ukrainian police raided the home of oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, the head of Ukraine’s ruling party confirmed. Writing on Telegram early Wednesday, David Arakhamia said searches and other actions were also carried out against government offices and officials. Local media, including Ukrainska Pravda, reported that the raid against Kolomoisky — who made his fortune through energy companies, banking, airlines and media — was related to an investigation into embezzlement. Ukraine’s security service said it had conducted searches of construction companies in Kyiv, which it alleged were involved in laundering money to benefit former pro-Russian lawmakers. Last week, Zelensky dismissed a number of senior figures, including a close adviser, mostly on corruption allegations.

The high-profile searches, firings and investigations came ahead of the E.U. summit, a meeting Kyiv hopes will help its bid to become a full member of the bloc. More officials were dismissed Wednesday, including leaders in the customs service and the deputy head of the state forestry agency, according to Arakhamia. Ukrainian officials are also “preparing new reforms,” Zelensky said Tuesday. An E.U. official on Wednesday called the earlier dismissals “a signal of their determination and of the functioning of what they have now put in place.”

So…who exactly is Ihor (or Igor) Kolomoisky (or Kolomoyskyi) and why are Ukrainian officials cracking down on him now? The BBC provides a little more background:

Ukraine has come under increasing pressure from its Western partners, notably the EU, to tackle corruption. When Mr Zelensky came to power in 2019 he cited the fight against corruption as one of his main priorities.

Kyiv is due to host a summit with leading EU officials this week, seen by Ukraine as highly important in its push for membership of the 27-member union. Kyiv was granted EU candidate status four months after Russia’s invasion, but it was urged to do more to tackle corruption.

Ten leading Ukrainian figures resigned last week, as part of the purge, including Mr Zelensky’s deputy head of office Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

And how does Kolomoisky fit into all this?

Mr Kolomoisky is one of Ukraine’s best-known individuals and Ukrainian websites published pictures of detectives searching his home in the south-eastern city of Dnipro as he looked on.

The tycoon took on the role of governor of the wider Dnipropetrovsk region in 2014 and played a key role in funding volunteer battalions in response to Russia’s initial landgrab in eastern Ukraine.

However, the US placed him under sanctions for alleged “significant corruption” during his time as governor. He has denied any wrongdoing.

What sort of sanctions? Well, in March 2021, the U.S. State Department blacklisted Kolomoisky, barring his entry into the country. Per Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Friday said it designated former Ukrainian public official Igor Kolomoisky as ineligible to enter the United States, accusing him of involvement in significant corruption during his time in office.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement accused Kolomoisky, once the governor of the province of Dnipropetrovsk, close to the border with Russia, of using his office as a governor for personal benefit.

“While this designation is based on acts during his time in office, I also want to express concern about Kolomoyskyy’s current and ongoing efforts to undermine Ukraine’s democratic processes and institutions, which pose a serious threat to its future,” Blinken said, using another spelling of the Ukrainian’s name.

Further, in January 2022, the Department of Justice announced a fourth civil forfeiture action against Kolomoisky:

The United States filed a civil forfeiture complaint today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleging that more than $6 million in proceeds from the sale of commercial real estate in Dallas, Texas, which property was maintained and improved using the proceeds of embezzlement and fraud from PrivatBank in Ukraine, are subject to forfeiture based on violations of federal money laundering statutes.

This civil forfeiture action is the fourth such action filed in connection with the same alleged criminal activity. In August 2020, the United States filed two actions in the Southern District of Florida alleging that commercial real estate in Dallas and Louisville, Kentucky, was acquired using funds illegally obtained from PrivatBank in Ukraine as part of a multibillion-dollar fraudulent loan scheme. It filed a third suit in the same district in December 2020 alleging a property in Cleveland, Ohio, was similarly involved.

The four complaints allege that Ihor Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Boholiubov, who owned PrivatBank, one of the largest banks in Ukraine, embezzled and defrauded the bank of billions of dollars. The two allegedly obtained fraudulent loans and lines of credit from approximately 2008 through 2016, when the scheme was uncovered and the bank was nationalized by the National Bank of Ukraine. The complaints allege that they laundered a portion of the criminal proceeds using an array of shell companies’ bank accounts, primarily at PrivatBank’s Cyprus branch, before they transferred the funds to the United States.

READ 10 COMMENTS
  • Sharon Jackson says:

    Wonder how this connects to the Biden’s?????

  • Trust the biden boys? says:

    And guess who’s banks in the US the funds went to? None other than Joe Biden and his son Hunter. They conveniently left the main ending out.

  • eftina says:

    Apparently, the very day Russia invaded Ukraine (with the purpose of de-nazification and getting rid of the Bioweapons labs) there was a fire in Ukraine that looked very much like a book burning. But I believe that it was an attempt to destroy any documentation that would tie together the Biden family to the dirty deeds that go on in Ukraine. All incriminating evidence. Ukraine is the head of the snake. I just feel sorry for the people who are just trying to live their lives (in Ukraine, Russia and here in the US) who are not war mongers or money launderers or pedophiles. The corrupt who think they own us need to be smoked out. Children’s Health Defense is showing (for free) a 5 part series called Never Again…I suggest you watch it. The only way out of this takes the first step to Wake Up. Stop thinking that because you read the newspaper or watched the News you know everything. Step 2 after you wake up, understand that we will never be given all of the information that goes on behind the scenes. Think of it more like watching a movie, except this one is truly a horror show. Step 3 is to trust in God, have faith and be kind to one another. One of the principles of Marxism is to get us all fighting with one another.

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