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Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky doesn't plan posting bail

Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky doesn't plan posting bail Oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky will not post bail (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky does not plan to post bail of 500 million hryvnias. An appeal to the court's decision is being prepared, according to the statement of the oligarch's lawyers.

In response to a journalist's question about whether Kolomoisky plans to post the bail set by the judge, his lawyers stated, "no one will post bail."

According to Kolomoisky's lawyers, the court hearing had several violations, and they were not given enough time to gather materials for the case. Therefore, they are currently preparing an appeal.

Furthermore, the lawyers emphasized that Kolomoisky has medical conditions that were not mentioned during the court proceedings. They did not specify the nature of his illness.

The Kolomoisky case

This morning, the Security Service of Ukraine announced that oligarch Kolomoisky had been charged with money laundering of a large sum of money through its withdrawal abroad. In particular, he is accused under two articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine:

  • Article 190 - Fraud;

  • Article 209 - Money laundering (legalization) of property obtained through criminal means.

After reviewing the case, the Shevchenkivskyi District Court in Kyiv has imposed a preventive measure on the oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. He was arrested with the possibility of bail.

Previous searches

In February, the Security Service conducted searches at the home of oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. This was part of an investigation into fraud at "Ukrtransnafta" (oil transportation operator) and "Ukrnafta" (largest oil and gas extraction company). Later, it became known that top management of these companies had also been charged with suspicion.

The management of these companies is suspected of diverting large quantities of petroleum products to affiliated companies. This allowed them to evade taxes.