The appeals court kept Ihor Kolomoiskyi in custody, but reduced the bail amount

The businessman will remain in custody till December 2, 2023.

The appeals court kept Ihor Kolomoiskyi in custody, but reduced the bail amount
The appeals court kept Ihor Kolomoiskyi in custody, but reduced the bail amount

The Court of Appeal of Kyiv remanded the co-owner of “1+1 Media” Igor Kolomoisky until December 2, 2023. At the same time, the court reduced the bail amount from UAH 3 billion 891 million to UAH 3 billion 712 thousand. about this Sospilny’s reporter reports from the courtroom.

During the meeting, the attorney requested that the restraining order be left unchanged: “Actions can be taken to destroy evidence, health is deteriorating, this issue has been considered time and again, trial judges have approached this issue, petitions have continued in this regard. Please leave all resolutions.”.

Instead, Kolomoisky’s lawyers asked that the detention be changed to house arrest due to his health, and promised that their client would not travel abroad.

On November 16, as Zaspilny announced, “1+1” representatives, guarantors including politician and businessman Ihor Titenko, Chief Rabbi of Dnipro and Dnipropetrovsk Region Shmuel Kaminetsky, and military personnel arrived in the courtroom. The court also asked the doctor behind closed doors.

As a reminder, on September 2 of this year, the SBU informed the owner of “1+1 Media” Ihory Kolomoisky that there are suspicions under two articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine: fraud and legalization (laundering).

According to law enforcement officials, in 2013-2020, Kolomoisky legalized more than half a billion hryvnias, taking them abroad and using the infrastructure of controlled banking institutions.

Court Kolomoiskyi chose a preventive measure: two months in custody as an alternative to posting bail in the amount of 509 million hryvnias.

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On September 7, NABU detectives informed Kolomoiskyi and five members of the group he organized that they were suspected of defrauding the bank’s funds of more than 9.2 billion hryvnias.

On September 15, the Shevchenkov District Court re-elected oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, increasing the bail amount to 3 billion 891 million hryvnias. Already on September 25, the Kyiv Court of Appeal considered Kolomoisky’s complaint against detention. The employees of “1 + 1” came to the court session: TV presenters Alla Mazur and Natalya Mosichuk, TV presenter and actor Yuri Korbunov, CEO of the media group Yaroslav Pakholchuk, Director of the Information Department Serhiy Popov, DSN reporter Oleksandr Zakorotny, sports commentator Ihor Tsiganyk. Former Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko was also in the courtroom. They all announced that they wanted to bail Kolomoisky.

However, despite the request of the “1+1” staff, the court decided to detain Kolomosky.

On October 6, the Kyiv Court of Appeals considered a complaint by Kolomoisky’s lawyers regarding the cancellation of bail of almost 3.9 billion hryvnias and left the decision of the court of first instance unchanged.

On October 24, the Shevchenkivsky District Court of the city of Kyiv reconsidered the issue of changing Kolomoisky’s detention and decided to detain the businessman. The court has also ordered to provide him with necessary medical assistance. Soon after, the court extended Kolomoisky’s detention for another two months.

On October 26, according to the decision of the owner Ihor Kolomoisky, the group of companies “1+1 Media”, the corporate rights in the media holding are transferred to the management of the labor union represented by the current general director. Company Yaroslav Bakolchuk. On October 31, several channels of the “1+1” group Submitted an updated ownership structure To the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting. Oksana Marchenko, wife of Viktor Medvechuk, is one of the owners of a small share.

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At the same time, three new channels won the digital competition for seats in state multiplexes, and two are competing for seats in Jeonbudu multiplexes. All of them are positioned as private businesses of Yaroslav Pakholchuk and Svitlana Mishchenko, co-owners of Solutions LLC.

Read more about what happens in the “1+1” group in the “Media Detector” article.

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