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  • Ukrainian oligarch at the center of Cleveland raid described as ‘ruthless’ businessman who laundered millions, records say

    08/05/2020 4:07:29 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 4 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | August 5, 2020 | John Caniglia
    FBI and IRS agents Tuesday seized boxloads of evidence that could determine whether the Ukrainian oligarch, Igor Kolomoisky, laundered millions of dollars through Cleveland real estate. A long-running investigation into Kolomoisky went public for the first time when agents searched the offices of Optima Management Group in One Cleveland Center at East 9th Street and St. Clair Avenue. Agents in Miami also searched a business there involving the company. Authorities in Cleveland told The Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com last year that authorities have been involved in a wide-ranging investigation involving Kolomoisky, whom one analyst called one of Ukraine’s most controversial...
  • FBI raids offices at downtown One Cleveland Center building tied to Ukrainian oligarch (Clinton! Burisma?)

    08/04/2020 2:51:13 PM PDT · by rxsid · 36 replies
    https://www.cleveland.com ^ | 08.04.2020 | John Caniglia, The Plain Dealer and Eric Heisig, cleveland.com
    FBI raids offices at downtown One Cleveland Center building tied to Ukrainian oligarchCLEVELAND, Ohio — The FBI on Tuesday raided the Cleveland offices of a company with ties to a Ukrainian oligarch that owns several downtown buildings. FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson said agents searched the offices of Optima Management Group in One Cleveland Center at East 9th Street and St. Clair Avenue. A spokesman for the IRS also said his agency’s investigators were present....Anderson said agents also executed search warrants at an office in Miami.Federal authorities in Cleveland have been conducting a wide-ranging probe involving Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky that...
  • How Ukrainian Oligarchs Secretly Became the Largest Real Estate Owners in Downtown Cleveland

    12/24/2019 4:05:36 AM PST · by Pontiac · 20 replies
    SCENE ^ | Jun 11, 2019 | Sam Allard
    In an explosive legal complaint filed last month in Delaware, attorneys for a major Ukrainian bank alleged that two oligarchs who founded the bank and controlled it from 2006 to 2016 laundered hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent corporate loans to purchase assets in the United States and unjustly enrich themselves and their associates. Dubbed the "Optima Schemes" in the 104-page document, these "brazen fraudulent schemes" were successful, among other things, in making the oligarchs and their co-defendants the largest commercial real estate holders in Cleveland. With money siphoned from public bonds and 20 million private Ukrainian citizens who'd...
  • Ukrainian Oligarch Paid $700,000 To The Husband Of A House Judiciary Committee Democrat

    12/16/2019 12:37:13 PM PST · by Red Badger · 97 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | December 16, 2019 | By Chrissy Clark
    Robert Powell, the husband of Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., reportedly took $700,000 from a Ukrainian oligarch named Igor Kolomoisky. Mucarsel-Powell sits on the House Judiciary Committee, the committee that drafted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for his alleged abuse of power with regards to Ukraine. In 2018, the Daily Beast reported that a number of businesses linked to Kolomoisky hired Powell as an attorney. One of those firms paid Powell at least $700,000 over two years, according to public records. The Miami Herald reported Powell was working for companies tied to Kolomoisky for 10 years. Powell made...
  • Ukraine's arms firms walk tightrope between Kiev and Moscow [background for N. Korea rocket scandal]

    08/22/2017 8:33:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | MAY 27, 2014 | Thomas Grove
    Ukraine's arms firms walk tightrope between Kiev and Moscow Thomas Grove 8 MIN READ KRAMATORSK Ukraine (Reuters) - In quiet defiance of a promise by Kiev's pro-European government to cut arms ties with Moscow, a state-owned defense firm in eastern Ukraine has vowed to work around the clock to fill every Russian order it gets. As for many of Ukraine's defense firms, the stakes are high for Yuzhmash, an industrial behemoth that was so jealously guarded by the Soviet Union that the nearby city of Dnipropetrovsk was closed to foreigners until the bloc split apart. Now, in the face of...
  • Poroshenko Orders Arrest Of Kolomoisky-Linked Militia Troops For Seizing State-Owned Oil Firm

    03/24/2015 6:35:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Kiev Post ^ | 3-24-2015 | Allison Quinn, Oleg Sukhov
    What started off as a corporate dispute is swiftly turning into a battle between the state and a billionaire regional governor who was once credited for curbing separatism in his region. The standoff between Kyiv's authorities and Dnipropetrovsk Governor Igor Kolomoisky is making a farce of the gains of the revolution a year ago that ousted the former corrupt president and his cronies, and is aiding the Russian cause of destabilization of the nation. On March 23, accusations of involvement with organized crime became the latest twist in the oligarch saga. Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, head of Ukraine’s Security Service loyal to...
  • Ukraine conflict flares as government fights 'Oligarch' Crisis

    03/23/2015 1:46:11 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 3-23-2015 | Aliaksandr Kudrytski and Volodymyr Verbyany
    Clashes between government troops and rebels intensified in southeast Ukraine, undermining a cease-fire as the country's government vowed to prevent an "oligarch- supported political crisis." Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said his government would crack down on "total corruption and smuggling," and the Cabinet gave private security services 24 hours to disarm after a group of men seized state-controlled oil company Ukrnafta. SNIP---- Ukraine's government also vowed to tackle domestic dissent. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced tighter gun-control measures and referred specifically to Dnipropetrovsk Governor Igor Kolomoisky, who has served as a board member at Ukrnafta, Ukraine's richest man Rinat Akhmetov,...
  • Eastern Ukraine: The Neverending Crisis

    09/15/2014 12:56:37 PM PDT · by DTA · 38 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 2014-09-04 | Nicolai N. Petro
    Eastern Ukraine: The Neverending Crisis Nicolai N. Petro September 3, 2014 According to president Vladimir Putin, Russia’s objectives in Ukraine have been the same since the beginning of civil unrest there—a stable national government that represents and respects all of its people. Why then, has there been so little willingness to work together with Russia to end this crisis? The most obvious answer is Russia’s annexation of Crimea, which many Western governments have interpreted as a rejection of the post–Cold War status quo and a possible prelude to further territorial expansion. To be fair, however, Putin addressed both of these...
  • Ukrainian billionaire Kolomoisky to be stripped of his assets in Crimea

    09/03/2014 7:38:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf
    As jihadist lawlessness blazes from central Africa to the Middle East, the alliance between the US and Saudi Arabia is a last reminder of an order in which national interest trumped ideology. Henry Kissinger explores what the West must do to put out the fires
  • Hackers Claim Attack on Largest Commercial Bank in Ukraine (Green Dragon vs PrivatBank)

    06/30/2014 8:51:29 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 7-1-2014 | Ionut Ilascu
    A group of hackers called Green Dragon Crew announced on Twitter that the recent cyber-attack on the Privatbank, the largest commercial bank in Ukraine was their doing. The attack appears to be a distributed denial-of-service since on June 30, for a few hours, the bank’s pages either would not load or offered sporadic access to the customers. However, the group also claims that they managed to breach the bank’s systems and that they have access to customer bank accounts. In order to do this, they would have to access different systems because payment service and the website are not part...
  • Kiev protege allegedly behind Mariupol and Odessa massacres – leaked tapes

    05/15/2014 2:54:11 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 5-15-2014 | Russia Today
    Two leaked tapes have emerged on the internet where Kiev-appointed governor allegedly threatens an ex-presidential candidate who called for a referendum. The official may also be behind the Odessa massacre and Mariupol shootings, the leak adds. On the first tape, which appeared on May 14, an oligarch and governor of the city of Dnepropetrovsk in southeastern Ukraine, Igor Kolomoisky, allegedly called ex-presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev and started threatening him. He told Tsarev to leave Ukraine immediately, saying it was in connection with the killing of Bogdan Shlemkevich, a soldier from Ukraine’s National Guard on May 9 in Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine....