Russian court planning to try Ukrainian oligarchs Kolomoiskyi and Boholyubov in absentia

2 November 2022, 06:24 PM
Ihor Kolomoiskyi (Photo:NV)

Ihor Kolomoiskyi (Photo:NV)

A court in Kazan, Russia is to try Ukrainian businessmen Ihor Kolomoiskyi and Gennadiy Boholyubov in absentia for embezzling $4 billion worth of oil, according to a message posted on the court’s website on Nov. 2.

The statement of the Russian court claims that between December 2006 and October 2007, Ukrainian businessmen Ihor Kolomoiskyi, Gennadiy Boholyubov and Oleksandr Yaroslavskyi, as well as the chairman of the board of JSC Ukrtatnafta Pavlo Ovcharenko allegedly appropriated 800,000 tons of oil.

The oil was allegedly delivered through pipelines to the tanks of the Ukrtatnafta oil refinery in Poltava Oblast.

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A criminal case was initiated in Russia against Ukrainian businessman Ihor Kolomoiskyi in August 2021. He is accused of embezzling $4 billion from the Tatnafta company and organizing a criminal group.

According to the investigation, the businessmen created a criminal group and stole $4 billion from Tatnafta in December 2006. Also, in 2007, they shipped more than 2,200 tons of crude oil, while only paying for 1,400 tons.

In the 2000s, Tatnafta participated in the creation of Ukrtatnafta. Kolomoiskyi took control over it in 2007.

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