The French arrested one of the richest Ukrainians. He was associated with the Czech Republic

French police arrested Ukrainian businessman and former lawmaker Konstantin Zeva in the alpine ski resort of Courchevel, who is being prosecuted in his homeland on suspicion of defrauding tens of thousands of dollars. Foreign media reported on this on Wednesday, citing the Ukrainian report.

“At the request of intelligence services, French authorities detained a former member of the Council, a partner of Finance and Credit Bank, Konstantin Seva, in the ski resort of Courchevel,” the Ukrainian State Intelligence Bureau said. Documents needed to extradite him to Ukraine.

According to him, French authorities arrested the businessman after several months of successful cooperation between investigative units.

Ževaho is considered one of the richest Ukrainians and in the past also controlled the Czech foundry company ČKD Kudna Hora.

He was wanted by the international police organization Interpol in connection with the tunneling of the now-defunct Finance and Credit Bank.

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Ukraine’s State Intelligence Service announced his arrest in the French Alps on Tuesday. According to the AP agency, the prosecutor’s office in the city of Chambéry confirmed the information, saying that the prisoner will appear in court by Thursday to begin extradition proceedings to Ukraine.

Ukraine issued an arrest warrant for Ževah in 2019. The businessman faces charges of extorting $100 million (almost CZK 2.3 billion) from the aforementioned bank, along with other high-level employees. An international arrest warrant was issued for him in 2021.

French newspaper Nice-Martin Ževaha (also known by the corrupt name Konstantin Ševako in the Czech Republic) indicates For one of the five richest Ukrainians. His net worth is estimated at $1.4 billion.

In recent years, the businessman has stayed on the Cote d’Azur, spending time in the Alps during the winter months, the newspaper writes. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, he and many wealthy Ukrainians living in the same region were dubbed the “Monaco Banner.”

According to French media, his yacht has the letter Z on the bow Went by boat Between the commune of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the city of Antibes throughout the summer. The prosecuting owner of the vessel was on board the whole time. A Ukrainian journalist even filmed her returning from shopping with Chanel bags across her arms.

Ževaho is the former president of mining company Ferrexpo, which is one of the world’s largest exporters of iron ore pellets, according to the AP. In 2012, he took control of ČKD Kudna Hora, which he controlled until 2018. He was also a member of the Ukrainian Parliament between 1998 and 2019.

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