Region: Ukraine

Financial crime risk high on “shady” Ukrainian ski resort project

Campaigners have claimed that plans to build a vast ski resort in the Carpathian Mountains are being covertly steered by oligarchs Igor Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Bogolyubov.

30 June 2023

Swedbank “ignored” red flags tied to Crimea payments, OFAC says

The US sanctions enforcer said the bank had all the information it needed to prevent a ship owner from making hundreds of illegal payments to the Russia-annexed peninsula.

21 June 2023

Privatbank has no evidence of Bogolyubov’s participation in alleged scheme, court told

Ukrainian oligarch Gennadiy Bogolyubov had limited involvement with PrivatBank’s operations and was not involved in an alleged misappropriation scheme, his barrister told a London court on Tuesday.

20 June 2023

Kolomoisky: PrivatBank has no case under Ukrainian law

The oligarch claims that PrivatBank has only brought its lawsuit in the UK hoping that the court would be more amenable to its claims and argued that it would have failed in Ukraine.

19 June 2023

PrivatBank founders absent as $1.9 billion fraud trial begins

A barrister for Privatbank scolded the two oligarchs for not being at the trial in which they are accused of defrauding the bank of nearly $2 billion, noting that “the two elephants in the case are not in the room”.

12 June 2023

Moscow rules: asset tracing investigations during wartime in Ukraine

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26 May 2023

Sanctions lawyers describe difficult OFAC delisting process

A former Treasury official said individuals fighting their sanctions designations are likely to face disfavourable courts, among other challenges.

25 May 2023

Sanctions docket: Taiwan, Brunei companies convicted over Iran tech sales

In a round-up of the latest sanctions developments, two businesses have pleaded guilty to conspiring to breach US sanctions against Iran, and Canada has purportedly set its sights on the assets of a sanctioned Russian airline.

19 April 2023

“Who’s to say that something is impossible?”: inside an effort to seize Russian state assets in the UK

One of the architects of a proposed law to force the UK government to create a new way of seizing Russian state assets to use for Ukraine’s reconstruction has told GIR that the effort is vital for the survival of her homeland.

13 April 2023

Microsoft to pay $3 million for sanctions, export controls violations

The technology company self-disclosed sales of its products to sanctioned entities in Cuba, Iran, Syria, Russia and Ukraine.

06 April 2023

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