Bihus.Info investigation reveals hidden assets of MP Boyko
Yuriy Boyko (Photo:t.me/OppositionPlatformForLife)
Yuriy Boyko, a Ukrainian MP from the outlawed Opposition Platform – For Life (OPZZh) party, may own several energy companies in Ukraine through offshore holdings, according to an investigation published by the Bihus.Info investigative journalism outlet on Feb. 14.
The journalists point out that, although the lawmaker has no official business assets, and his wife owns only Kyiv’s Stolychna (Capital) Real Estate company, the Boyko family erected large houses in the villages of Ivankovychi and Hnidyn, as well as on the coast of the Kyiv Reservoir outside Kyiv itself, while the politician’s wife bought more than 50 hectares of land in Kyiv Oblast in 2020.
Boyko also travels with an escort car and uses security services, though he has not officially declared either. In a comment to journalists, he called his escort car “surveillance.”
Journalists, citing data from Cypriot auditors, suggest that Boyko may be associated with the Cyprus-based San Posidanius Investments Limited firm. It owns several energy assets in Ukraine, which have previously been unofficially linked to Boyko, in particular 75% of the shares of Volynoblenergo, 100% of Kharkiv TPP-5, 100% of KZR Petroleum (gas fields in Ukraine), 50% of Azov Petroleum LLC (gas fields in Ukraine, partner — former MP Vadym Novynskyi), etc. In 2020, Boyko’s son Anatoliy officially became the ultimate beneficiary of those 75% of Volynoblenergo shares.
Until at least 2018, Boyko’s wife received a salary in rubles from the business of Russian citizen Miron Gorilovskiy, the largest producer of polymer pipes in Russia, which received contracts for projects in occupied Crimea, reports Bihus.Info. Vira Boyko also owns an apartment in downtown Moscow.
Ten days before the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Gorilovskiy’s share in the Ukrainian plant was transferred to the head of Eurotrubplast Trading House LLC Ihor Strilets, who worked under the leadership of Yuriy Boyko at JSC Naftogaz of Ukraine in 2004.
At the same time, Strilets told journalists that he had crossed paths with Boyko only at work in Naftogaz, while the lawmaker himself declared that he was allegedly not familiar with Strilets at all.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Feb. 7 that the government would reconsider the issue of depriving Boyko of the title of Hero of Ukraine, which he received from the then Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma in 2004.
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