Businessman Korban, stripped of Ukrainian citizenship, denies holding Israeli passport

29 July, 05:57 PM
Gennady Korban (Photo:Gennady Korban / Facebook)

Gennady Korban (Photo:Gennady Korban / Facebook)

Ukrainian businessman and head of the headquarters of the Dnipro Territorial Defense Gennady Korban has denied holding an Israeli passport in comments posted on Facebook on July 28.

Korban was commenting on the claims of the National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov that he has dual citizenship – which is not permitted under Ukrainian law. 

Danilov previously said that politicians should publicly announce if they hold citizenships other than Ukrainian, and that Ukraine will continue to be cleansed of “agents of Russian influence, traitors and collaborators.” 

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Korban said on Facebook that the photo of his Israeli passport spread by pro-Russian Telegram channels, were a “Russian forgery” and that there is no official reason to deprive him of Ukrainian citizenship. 

The businessman also stated that he “can go to great lengths to identify as many people as possible” with dual citizenship, and asked if Danilov is ready to “publicly cooperate” with him on this issue. 

“Dear Oleksiy Myacheslavovych, please explain to society who you meant by ‘politicians’ and ‘traitors’?” Korban said. 

“Do you consider millions of our fellow citizens who have the citizenship of Poland/Hungary/Romania/Israel/Canada to be traitors? And perhaps, according to your logic, they should all be released from military duty and forcibly expelled from the country?” 

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on July 28 that the process of granting or revoking Ukrainian citizenship is ongoing within the framework of current legislation. 

MP Serhiy Vlasenko published on Facebook an alleged copy of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's decree on depriving ten people of Ukrainian citizenship on July 21. According to this document, the list includes Servant of the People MP Ihor Vasylkivskyi, head of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Territorial Defense Gennady Korban, representative of the banned Opposition Platform party Vadim Rabinovich, and oligarch businessman Ihor Kolomoisky. 

There was no signature of the head of state on the decree, and its number was missing from the official register of presidential decrees. 

The President's Office has not commented on these reports. The document is dated July 18, but there is no such decree on the president's website. This may be explained by the fact that the document is classified and not subject to publication. 

Korban was barred from entering Ukraine on July 22 on his return from a trip to Europe, and border guards confiscated his passport. Korban's lawyer later said that his client was refused entry as a “stateless person.”

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