Korban and Filatov Suspected in Funding of the Opposition Platform — For Life

“Patriots from Dnipro” Borys Filatov and Gennadiy Korban could very soon end up behind bars. It is the intention of the Office of the President to detain and charge them with the illicit funding of the Opposition Platform — For Life party and of the Proposition party. This could happen as part of criminal proceeding 32020100000000324 registered on June 18, 2020 regarding willful tax evasion in especially great amount and legalization (laundering) of proceeds from crime. So far, the Prosecutor General’s Office prepared a submission to the National Agency on Corruption Prevention regarding irregularities in funding of these parties, and is currently preparing a written notice of suspicion for Filatov, B.A., Korban, G.O., Gorb, V.A., Chuprina, O.V., Birman, I.Y., Dubinskyi, V.M., Dubinskyi, L.M., and other participants of this case (62 people in total). Strana.ua, an online media outlet funded by Gennadiy Korban together with Serhiy Lovochkin (a nominal owner of the outlet is Yurii Boyko), could also get affected.

Hereby, we provide a statement regarding criminal proceeding 32020100000000324 of 06/18/2020, in which the case storyline is presented.

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Statement regarding results of investigating the criminal organization led by Dnipro city Mayor Filatov, B.A., and Korban, G.O.

Facts of the case:

The Office of Financial Investigations of the Main Office of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine in Kyiv is conducting a pre-trial investigation in criminal proceeding 32020100000000324 of 06/18/2020 regarding willful tax evasion in especially great amount and legalization (laundering) of proceeds from crime.

Searches, covert investigative and search actions, witness interrogations, and a series of forensic examinations conducted have provided evidence of a criminal organization, consisting of the management and officials of the Dnipro City Council, along with a number of employees of various enterprises and politicians, who for a long time had been systematically committing illegal activities involving monetary assets of the city budget of Dnipro City. Members of the criminal organization had been organizing illegal tenders in order to inflate the costs of the purchased goods, works, and services; had been evading taxes in especially great amount; and had been funneling the proceeds from the crimes to funding their own business projects, as well as the OPFL and the Proposition parties.

The criminal organization is led by the Dnipro City Mayor Filatov, Borys Albertovych, and Korban, Gennadiy Olegovych. Members of the organization include Lifshyts, Yevhen Semenovych; Gorb, Volodymyr Andriyovych; Chuprina, Oksana Viktorivna; an Israel national Birman, Igor Yuriyovych; Dubinskyi, Volodymyr Mykhailovych; Dubinskyi Leonid Mykhailovych; and others.

Enterprises controlled by the criminal organization include Medhouse Swiss GMBH LLC (State Register number 35341093), Dnipro Construction and Installation Company LLC (State Register number 41042382), Rubicon Seyler LLC (State Register number 41723210), Dayvon Pro LLC (State Register number 42157255), Angus Group LLC (State Register number 42442527), Hunter Ltd LLC (State Register number 42024049), Manris LLC (State Register 42741885), Fonteynbud LLC (State Register 42580449), Fresh Capital LLC (State Register 42580407), Unterbaus LLC (State Register 41992639), Poin Bud LLC (State Register 41587490), Laft LLC (State Register 41803128), and others.

In particular, the investigation obtained evidence of the following crimes set out in Part 3 of Article 27, Part 3 of Article 255; Part 3 of Article 27, Part 4 of Article 28, Part 5 of Article 191; Part 3 of Article 27, Part 4 of Article 28, Part 1 of Article 366; Part 3 of Article 27, Part 4 of Article 28, Part 3 of Article 209; Part 3 of Article 27, Part 4 of Article 28, Parts 1, 3, 4 of Article 159-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine:

          – organizing of a criminal organization, leading such organization and its structural units, participation in a criminal organization, committed by an official with the abuse of one’s position, namely, the crime set out in Part 3 of Article 255 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine;

          – willful misappropriation of property in especially great amount, namely UAH 28,555,516 of funds belonging to the Dnipro City Council, State Register number 26510514, committed by an official abusing his or her position, as part of a criminal organization;

          –  willful misappropriation of property in especially great amount, namely UAH 955,056 of funds belonging to the Dnipro City Council, State Register number 26510514, committed by an official abusing his or her position, as part of a criminal organization;

          –  willful misappropriation of property in especially great amount, namely UAH 7,406,953.81 of funds belonging to the Dnipro City Council, State Register number 26510514, committed by an official abusing his or her position, as part of a criminal organization;

          – preparation and issuance of deliberately false official documents by an official, other forgery of official documents, committed as part of a criminal organization during appropriation of UAH 36,917,525.81 of funds belonging to the Dnipro City Council (955,056 + 28,555,516 + 7,406,953.81 = 36,917,525.81);

          – legalization (laundering) of UAH 36,917,525.81 of proceeds from crime; appropriation and possession of UAH 36,917,525.81 of funds obtained as a result of illegal appropriation of property of the Dnipro City Council, committed in especially great amount, as part of a criminal organization;

          – violation of the procedure for funding of the Opposition Platform — For Life party and the Proposition party; election campaigning by means of submitting deliberately false information in a political party’s report on the property, income, expenses, and financial liabilities, as well as information in a financial report on the origin and utilization of funds of an electoral fund of a political party, a local branch of a political party, a candidate; willful contributions in support of a political party by a person who is not entitled or in a legal entity’s name which is not entitled; willful provision of financial (material) support to conduct election campaigning by an individual and in a legal entity’s name, which are not entitled, as well as willful acceptance of a contribution to a political party by a person not entitled to make such contributions; willful acceptance of financial (material) support in especially large amount for election campaigning, willful acceptance of such support from a person not entitled to provide such financial (material) support, committed repeatedly, in large amount, by an organized group; and other crimes.

Plan of main actions in the case:

          1. Simultaneous arrest of the leaders and members of the criminal organization, namely, Filatov, B.A., Korban, G.O., Gorb, V.A., Chuprina, O.V., Birman, I.Y., Dubinskyi, V.M., Dubinskyi, L.M. (both brothers are wanted by the U.S. and Israeli law enforcement), and other participants (62 people).

          2. Notifying the detained of suspicion in committing crimes set out in Part 3 of Article 27, Part 3 of Article 255; Part 3 of Article 27, Part 4 of Article 28, Part 5 of Article 191; Part 3 of Article 27, Part 4 of Article 28, Part 1 of Article 366; Part 3 of Article 27, Part 4 of Article 28, Part 3 of Article 209; Part 3 of Article 27, Part 4 of Article 28, Parts 1, 3, 4 of Article 159-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Choosing a preventive measure for them in the form of remand in custody in the detention facility of Kyiv.

          3. Notifying Lifshyts, Y.S., of suspicion in the above crimes, choosing a preventive measure for him in the form of remand in custody, and issuing an international wanted notice for him (due to leaked information about investigation, the latter has been hiding in Turkey since September of 2020).

          4. Issuance of court rulings regarding seizure of personal property of the suspects and related people. Handover of the seized property to the Asset Recovery and Management Agency.

          5. Issuance of court rulings regarding seizure of expense transactions on the accounts of the enterprises controlled by the members of the criminal organization, namely, Medhouse Swiss GMBH LLC (State Register number 35341093), Dnipro Construction and Installation Company LLC (State Register number 41042382), Rubicon Seyler LLC (State Register number 41723210), Dayvon Pro LLC (State Register number 42157255), Angus Group LLC (State Register number 42442527), Hunter Ltd LLC (State Register number 42024049), Manris LLC (State Register 42741885), Fonteynbud LLC (State Register 42580449), Fresh Capital LLC (State Register 42580407), Unterbaus LLC (State Register 41992639), Poin Bud LLC (State Register 41587490), Laft LLC (State Register 41803128), and others (58 enterprises). Seizure of corporate rights of the above enterprises and transfer of the management rights to the Asset Recovery and Management Agency.

          6. Sending to the National Agency on Corruption Prevention and to the Central Election Commission of the materials on the illegal funding of the Dnipro regional branch of the Opposition Platform — For Life party and the Proposition party using the funds illegally diverted from the local budget of Dnipro City by the members of the criminal organization.

          7. Conducting other investigative and procedural actions set out by the method of investigation of criminal proceedings regarding organized criminal groups and criminal organizations.

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