President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the country’s partners, including the United States, for their help in the fight against oligarchs. About this on Saturday, March 6, the press service of the office of the head of state writes on the Facebook page.
The message emphasizes that Ukraine must overcome a system dominated by oligarchs. The office of the Ukrainian leader indicated that the fight against the oligarchs is being waged for the country’s economic prosperity and Euro-Atlantic integration.
“Ukraine is grateful to each partner for their support on this path. The fight against oligarchs goes beyond criminal responsibility. In Ukraine, conditions are also being created under which business will develop in a transparent competitive environment, and large financial groups will not be able to dominate the market and influence media and political decisions. <...> We will inevitably move on to reform each sector and strengthen our relations, among other things, with a strategic partner – the United States, ”the publication says.
At the same time, Zelensky’s office added that the current president of Ukraine has done much more to fight the oligarchs than any of the previous presidents, “without pretentious slogans and populism.”
On the eve of the United States, the Ukrainian businessman Igor Kolomoisky and his family members were banned from entering the country. The decision was substantiated by the entrepreneur’s corruption crimes committed by him in 2014-2015 as governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region.
In February, the confiscation of Kolomoisky’s property began in the United States, the businessman lost the 55 Public Square building in Cleveland, Ohio.
Kolomoisky is an entrepreneur, political and public figure. In 2018, he took the sixth place in the ranking of the richest people in Ukraine with a fortune of $ 1 billion.
He left Ukraine in June 2017, a few months after the final nationalization of Privatbank, of which he was the main shareholder. The businessman himself was accused of withdrawing assets from the bank. At first he lived in Switzerland, later he moved to Israel. On May 16, 2019, after Zelensky was elected president, Kolomoisky returned to Ukraine. Later he announced plans to become a co-owner of Privatbank again.
In October 2019, Zelensky said that none of his new team is going to return “problem” banks, including Privatbank, to their former owners.