Oligarch Kolomoisky detained amid allegations of contract killing

Oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky
Oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky

Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky has been detained in connection with allegedly orchestrating the contract killing of a legal company's director, RBC-Ukraine reported on May 9.

Kolomoisky will remain in custody pending trial without the option of bail until at least July 7.

The oligarch denies any involvement in the contract killing, the media reports said.

Kolomoisky was previously held in custody as a preventive measure in other criminal cases until April 22, with the possibility of posting bail in the amount of 1.96 billion hryvnias ($49.5 million).

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Ukrainian law enforcement officers informed Kolomoisky of a new suspicion on May 8 regarding the organization of a contract killing. Allegedly motivated by "personal revenge," the suspect ordered the killing of the legal company's director for not adhering to demands to cancel and invalidate decisions made during the general meetings of shareholders of a joint-stock company, the investigations said. For this, Kolomoisky reportedly enlisted members of a "gang" for this purpose. While the victim sustained beatings and stab wounds to vital organs, the crime was not completed, the prosecutors said.

Ihor Kolomoisky's cases

Ukraine's Security Service (SBU), Financial Investigation Service (BEB), and Prosecutor General charged the oligarch with the legalization of property obtained by fraud in September 2023.

The SBU alleges that Kolomoisky laundered over half a billion hryvnias (over $13 billion) from 2013 to 2020 by transferring funds overseas using the infrastructure of banks under his control.

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The National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office on Sept. 7 informed Kolomoisky of suspicion of embezzling over 9.2 billion hryvnias ($232 million) and illegal seizure of 5.8 billion hryvnias ($146 million) from PrivatBank.

Kyiv's Shevchenkivskyi District Court imposed a preventive measure on Kolomoisky on Sept. 2, remanding him into custody for 60 days in Dnipro with the option to post bail initially set at over 509 million hryvnias ($13.1 million). This bail amount was later increased.

Kolomoisky's arrest was extended until January 26, 2024, when a court ordered the extension on November 28. Bail was set at 3.8 billion hryvnias ($96 million), but the oligarch has refused to pay to secure his release.

Read also: Court extends Kolomoisky’s detention until March

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