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    Re: Bric-a-Brac



    G7 Ambassadors giving Zelenskyy Chief of Staff Andrey Bohdan (right) an ultimatum per PrivatBank.


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    Re: Bric-a-Brac

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    G7 Ambassadors giving Zelenskyy Chief of Staff Andrey Bohdan (right) an ultimatum per PrivatBank.
    No Grounds To Return PrivatBank To Ex-Owners, Ukrainian President Says



    10/24/19
    Ukraine's largest lender, PrivatBank, should not be returned to its former owners in any scenario, according to a statement on the presidential website. "There is no reason to return state-owned PrivatBank to its former shareholders" regardless of court rulings on the lender, said the October 23 statement released following a meeting between presidential office head Andriy Bohdan and ambassadors of the Group of Seven countries in Kyiv. The fate of the financial institution, once owned by billionaires Ihor Kolomoyskiy and Hennadiy Boholyubov, has become a single-indicator test for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who has promised to eradicate graft and release the grip that influential oligarchs have on Ukraine's economy and political decision making. Ukraine's international lenders, foreign investors, and corruption watchdogs are also closely monitoring the bank's plight as Kolomoyskiy, a former business associate of the president, has vowed to regain ownership rights to it. He lost control in 2016 when the central bank nationalized it for not passing stress tests or having enough capital, and two years later an independent audit concluded that PrivatBank had conducted "large-scale and coordinated fraud" for at least 10 years leading up to its takeover. U.S.-based corporate investigative firm Kroll and attorneys at AlixPartners also found a hole of at least $5.5 billion on the bank's balance sheet. Kolomoyskiy has denied wrongdoing and maintains he is the rightful owner of the bank.

    Speaking to Ukrainian Praymiy TV on October 19, Valeria Gontareva, the former central-bank chairwoman who took part in nationalizing PrivatBank, called Kolomoyskiy's efforts to receive monetary compensation for losing the bank "the theater of the absurd." Speaking in London, Gontareva said the bank had about $6 billion worth of nonperforming loans that were made to Kolomoyskiy and related parties. "The bank was an empty pyramid [scheme]," she said.
    Hogan Levells has successfully represented the state-run bank in London, where on October 15 it won an appeal to freeze $3 billion in assets belonging to PrivatBank's previous owners and pursue claims on the money. The London Court of Appeal also ordered the bank's former owners to pay PrivatBank $14 million by November 12 to cover the costs of last year's hearing and the legal work leading up to the October 15 decision by the Court of Appeal, Ukraine Business News reported. The defendants were furthermore denied permission to appeal and were told to file their defense by the end of November. Then on October 17, an economic court in Kyiv said it had suspended a trial on whether the nationalization of the bank was lawful until another case in an administrative court reaches a denouement.
    Ukraine oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskiy, the previous owner of PrivatBank, also owns the television network that aired president Zelenskyy's hit television show "Servant of the People". After winning the election, Zelenskyy appointed many employees of his TV production company, Kvartal 95, to high positions within his government. Many of these individuals also worked closely (or previously) with Kolomoyskiy's television network. Zelenskyy's Chief of Staff, Andrei Bohdan, was once Kolomoyskiy's top lawyer. Thanks to investigative reporting, it came to light that high officials in Zelenskyy's government, including Andrei Bohdan, were secretly negotiating with Kolomoyskiy on a pay-off figure so PrivatBank could be returned to Kolomoyskiy. If the past is any indicator, this pay-off would be pennies on the dollar. The scheme was exposed in newspapers and the IMF (which is Ukraine's main lender) said uh uh. That isn't going to happen. Yesterday officials from the G7 also warned the Zelenskyy government that the old way of corruption in Ukraine has to end, now.

    Today we get the headline above. Zelenskyy has apparently received the message loud and clear. Kolomoyskiy is going to be pissed his pal can't/won't deliver.


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    Re: Bric-a-Brac



    A protest poster depicting Zelenskyy and Bohdan as subordinate to the oligarch Kolomoisky.


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    Re: Bric-a-Brac


    The Dnipro Hotel in the city of Dnipro (1,000,506). For sale.

    The state of Ukraine is going ahead with privatization. The first five state-owned enterprises are up for sale - Dnipro Hotel, SE Chaika, SE Centerservice, Technobud and the Ukrainian Telecommunication Networks. The market will determine their price. Western investors are encouraged to submit bids. Russians are disallowed. 500 state-owned enterprises will be on the market by the end of the year. In all 1,000 state-owned enterprises will be put on the open market in the next 2-3 years. Another 1,260 will be either merged or liquidated. Of the original 3,600, the state will maintain ownership of 1,340 enterprises.


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    Re: Bric-a-Brac

    On October 25-26 president Zelenskyy secretly flew to the government held part of the town of Zolote (Gold) in Luhansk oblast. The town of 14,000 is split roughly in half, with some positions only 100 meters apart. Zelenskyy ostensibly came here to ask the residents what they thought of an initiative whereby both sides would pull back at least a mile from the town. What this was instead was a propaganda opportunity. Zelenskyy was filmed almost nonstop during his stay in Zolote, but no one on his team let the opposition to disengagement know that he was coming, so the video (released in Ukraine) is one-sided. But Zelenskyy did take the opportunity to try and bully about a dozen military veterans of the right-leaning Azov battalion that had come to Zolote over a month ago in protest of the proposed disengagement here. This did not go well. The veterans insisted that the Russians cannot be trusted, and Zelenskyy pulled weight and rank on them. This part of the video wasn't well received across Ukraine as people thought Zelenskyy should be more polite to military veterans. The citizens of Zolote who oppose disengagement also complained that they were not notified that the president was coming to their town.

    I think Zelenskyy needs to be very careful here. His campaign promise does not have more gravitas than political and military realities. Even Ukrainians (a majority) in favor of an end to the war insist that peace is desired, but not capitulation.


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    Re: Bric-a-Brac


    Andriy Portnov vs. Schemes

    Former Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Portnov (above) is threatening to dox journalists from the anti-corruption outlet Schemes. He has already doxed one of the outlet's drivers on Telegram, releasing personal information. Portnov formerly served as chief of staff to President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted from power and fled to Russia in February 2014. Schemes is investigating corruption by Portnov during that period and extending into his time as MP.


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    Re: Bric-a-Brac


    (foreground) SBU investigators and (background) Kateryna Gandziuk.

    Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) will be investigating possible police misconduct/cover-up regarding the horrific murder of Kherson activist Kateryna Gandziuk last year which shocked the entire nation. The SBU has identified a number of individuals who might have been involved in ordering the murder and promised to give updates on the investigation. Gandziuk was an anti-corruption activist and a whistle-blowing Kherson municipal official who worked as an adviser to the mayor of Kherson (290,000), a city located 550 kilometers south of Kyiv. She was attacked with sulfuric acid at the age of 33 in her hometown of Kherson in July 2018 and died three agonizing months later in a Kyiv hospital. The SBU took over the neglect case on Oct. 30, stating that the officers who led the investigation for the first three months after the attack could have neglected their duty. Gandziuk refused to cooperate with Kherson police, suspecting they could be connected to the attack, but testified to Kyiv investigators. Law enforcement managed to bring those who carried out the attack to court in June, and five former volunteer Ukrainian military fighters received jail sentences between three to six and a half years. However, the authorities haven’t found those who ordered the murder. A top suspect is Vladyslav Manger, a powerful Kherson Oblast official. The SBU officials say they are investigating Gandziuk’s murder in five criminal proceedings.

    SBU investigates police neglect in Gandziuk murder


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    Re: Bric-a-Brac


    Iryna Stepanivna Lutsenko

    The wife of former Ukraine Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has resigned her seat in parliament for health reasons. Lutsenko, is the former Ukraine prosecutor who tried to save his job by lying to Rudy Giuliani concerning Joe and Hunter Biden. He was fired by new president Volodmyr Zelenskyy anyway and has recanted his fabrications about the Bidens. Lutsenko is currently in London (beyond the reach of Ukrainian law enforcement) supposedly taking English lessons.


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    Re: Bric-a-Brac



    Something I thought I would never see. Odesa mayor Gennady Trukhanov (above) has been indicted for asset declaration violations. The Primorsky Court of Odesa has transferred the case to the Supreme Anticorruption Court in Kyiv. Every year in Ukraine, elected officials must declare their assets in a comprehensive declaration. This includes everything of value. Not only the politicians assets must be declared, but also for the spouse, the children, and any other relative/person holding property for the elected official. According to the indictment, Trukhanov did not declare an apartment, two parking spaces, a boathouse, a dacha, uninhabited real estate, two cars, as well as shares in companies and interest on deposits in banks. The total amount of undeclared assets in the form of property and other assets exceeds UAH 50 million. It is well known that Trukhanov is corrupt and it was revealed in the Panama Papers that he has offshore accounts. It is also rumored that he has a secret Russian passport just in case he has to get out of Dodge in a hurry.


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    Re: Bric-a-Brac

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post

    Andriy Portnov vs. Schemes

    Former Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Portnov (above) is threatening to dox journalists from the anti-corruption outlet Schemes. He has already doxed one of the outlet's drivers on Telegram, releasing personal information. Portnov formerly served as chief of staff to President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted from power and fled to Russia in February 2014. Schemes is investigating corruption by Portnov during that period and extending into his time as MP.
    Ukraine Launches Probe Into Ex-Lawmaker Who Threatened, Released Data On RFE/RL Staff

    11/7/19
    KYIV -- Ukrainian police have launched a probe against Andriy Portnov, the ex-deputy chairman of the presidential administration who is accused of obstructing the professional activities of RFE/RL journalists. Maksym Tsutskiridze, the deputy chief of the National Police, told RFE/RL on November 7 that the probe was initiated a day earlier under two articles of the Criminal Code -- "obstruction of the legitimate professional activity of journalists" and "threats or violence against a journalist." Portnov has released the personal data of several members of the investigative journalism group Schemes (Skhemy), a joint project run by RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service and UA:Pershy television, which was looking into his relations and dealings with current officials in the Ukrainian government. The release by the former lawmaker and deputy head of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych’s administration included registration data on 16 vehicles used by editorial and staff members of Schemes.

    On November 6, Mykhaylo Tkach, a reporter for Schemes, challenged lawmakers and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s government in a speech to a parliamentary committee "to do their job" and ensure a free press amid Portnov's campaign against Schemes' editorial staff. On November 4, Mediarukh, a coalition of Ukrainian media development and press-freedom groups called on the government and law enforcement authorities to prosecute Portnov. Portnov initially fled to Russia along with Yanukovych and other high-level officials in the wake of the 2014 pro-democracy Euromaidan movement. He returned after this year’s presidential election.
    Portnov is trying to dissuade Schemes from investigating the corruption and criminality (including his part) of the Viktor Yanukovych regime.

    Investigate and if enough evidence is gathered, fully prosecute this slime-ball.


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