Russian communists call for probe into Kolomoisky over assets
MOSCOW, February 10 (RAPSI) – Valery Rashkin and Sergei Obukhov, lawmakers in the lower house from the Communist Party, requested Prosecutor General Yury Chaika for a probe into Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky over his assets in Crimea and earnings from Moscow metro construction, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday.
In June 2014, Russia’s Investigative Committee charged Kolomoisky with masterminding murder, the use of prohibited methods and means of warfare, abduction, and other crimes linked to the armed conflict in the southeastern regions of Ukraine.
“We request that you check information on the alleged sale of the Tavria health resort in Crimea and other property seized from Ihor Kolomoisky, as well as media reports alleging that part of funds allocated by the Moscow Construction Department for new metro lines could be used to finance the National Guard in Ukraine,” the MPs write.
The Tavria health resort, which belonged to Kolomoisky’s PrivatBank, was seized in the summer of 2014. However, the MPs claim that Kolomoisky later bought it back at a knock-down price.
The MPs also cite media reports, according to which equipment and materials for new metro lines in Moscow have been bought from companies in the Dnepropetrovsk Region run by Kolomoisky.
Rashkin and Obukhov have requested the inspection to check compliance with the Russian legislation on terrorism financing and extremism, as well as the rules of auctioning seized property.