The Economic Security Bureau of Ukraine (ESBU) and the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) initiated a criminal case against Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoiskyi at the time when the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) was preparing to serve him with a notice of suspicion.
Source: sources of Ukrainska Pravda in law enforcement
Details: About five months ago, in the spring 2023, NABU significantly stepped up the investigation. During the last two months NABU and the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine (SAPO) have been conducting negotiations about the case.
Less than a month ago, on 11 August 2023, ESBU initiated its own criminal proceeding against Kolomoiskyi.
On 1 September NABU and SAPO signed a summons notice for Kolomoiskyi to serve him with a notice of suspicion. At that time SAPO Head Oleksandr Klymenko, who had to approve it, was on a business trip in the US. He came back on 4 September.
On 2 September, the next day after the summons notice was signed, the ESBU served the oligarch with its own notice of suspicion.
At the moment the internal investigation concerning the overlap in procedural actions is underway.
Ukrainska Pravda has turned to ESBU and NABU to clarify whether they were aware of each others’ investigations, and whether the ESBU suspicion notice is connected with the anti-corruption bodies’ increase of activity. The editorial board has received no response from the press services of the institutions.
- On 2 September, the SSU, ESBU and the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine served Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoiskyi with a notice of suspicion under Articles 190 and 209 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (extortion and legalisation (laundering) of property obtained in an illegal way).
- The Shevchenkivskyi Disctrict Court of Kyiv chose a 60 days long custody with an almost 510 million hryvnias bail as a measure of restraint.
- On 7 September, NABU and SAPO served Kolomoiskyi and five more likely accomplices with a notice of suspicion of misappropriation of over 9.2 billion hryvnias [roughly US$247 million] of Privatbank’s funds.