Happiness overseas: famous Ukrainians that have offshores

Author : Serhiy Zvihlyanych

Source : 112 Ukraine

Alexey Azarov, son of former Ukrainian PM Nikolay Azarov, tops the list by owning 26 offshore companies
18:30, 11 May 2016

International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ) released another part of data on offshore companies. 165 Ukrainian citizens who registered 195 companies in offshore zones have been mentioned in the Panama papers to the date. investigated the "Ukrainian" part of the list to find out which of well-known Ukrainian nationals have a bit of fortune overseas.

The record-breaker is the son of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov, Alexey. He has registered 26 offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands.

All companies were registered in 2012, when his father held the post of prime minister.

The companies of Mr. Azarov, Jr., include a hub company called Lazonby Group Holdings Ltd managed by the Isle of Man-registered Bridgewaters company. The list also featured the last name Ivanyushchenko. The European Union and Switzerland had seized the assets of the former Party of Regions MP Yuri Ivanyushchenko, but a number of companies were registered in offshore zones to the relatives of the ex-deputy. E. g., his wife Irina Ivanyushchenko is listed in the papers as the owner of Ireton Commercial Ltd, registered in the Virgin Islands, whilst his son Arsen owns Skyrose Group, a company holding a stake of the "7 km" trade market outside Odesa.

The "Conti" confectionary is owned jointly by the oligarch Rinat Akhmetov's brother Igor and Boris Kolesnikov, former Opposition Bloc MP. The company was set down in December 2014 in the British Virgin Islands. Interestingly enough, many familiar figures are among the shareholders of the offshore company. For example, Sergey Kyi, who had been Akhmetov's assistant in running the football club Shakhtar Donetsk and afterwards became a member of parliament by his patron's quota in the Party of Regions. He was considered to hold majority shares of the "ARS" concern controlling coal and coal-tar industries in Ukraine.

Besides Kyi and Kolesnikov, the beneficiaries list includes latter's wife Mrs Svetlana Kolesnikova, former Party of Regions MP Yuriy Chertkov, Donetsk businessman Mikhail Lyashko's son Vyacheslav, as well as the late general director of FC Shakhtar Zhigan Taktashev's wife Raisa, and their children Elmira and Renat.

Here is the structure of the offshore business of Dmitry Firtash. His Group DF is registered in Cyprus.

The journalists also found two offshores of Odesa Mayor Gennady Truhanov. In the documents, he is listed as a Russian citizen. By the way, Russian passport of Truhanov has been recently actively discussed.

The name of chairman of the Odesa regional council Anatoly Urbansky also appears in the database of the offshore companies owners. He is mentioned as an owner of Jameson Global Limited offshore from the British Virgin Islands. However, now it belongs to his brother, MP from Bloc of Petro Poroshenko Olexander Urbansky. Also, according to "Panamanian documents", co-owners of Jameson Global Limited is Karina and Igor Avramenko: the latter also owns a Md Shipping company. In addition, the co-owners of the company are several legal entities that are also registered in offshore zones.

By the way, the father of the brothers also has his own offshore company. Former Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Ihor Urbansky is a co-owner of NEXT GENERATION FINANCE LIMITED offshore registered in the British Virgin Islands. Among the other shareholders of the company is ex-director of Healthy & Happy Clinic Borys Kogan. Note that one of the founders of the offshore is another offshore Kaalbye Agency Services. This company also previously founded by Urbansky.

Olexander Klymenko, the beneficiary of PROVECO SERVICES LIMITED, registered back in 1995 in the British Virgin Islands, is also mentioned in the documents. Klymenko is a former MP from the "Our Ukraine-People's Self-defense" (IV convocation from 2007 to 2012). Since October 2013 he has been a Chairman of the Ukrainian National Party.

Vakhtang, son of former Party of Regions member Tariel Vasadze, is listed as the owner of the registered in the BVI MIRA PETROLEUM INTERNATIONAL LTD. The company has two Georgian owners.

Olexander Prysyazhnyuk, the son of former Party of Regions member Anatoly Prysyazhnyuk, owns an offshore Borneto Trade.

The name of the spouse of escaped ex-MP Olexander Shepelev appears in the investigation. Galyna is listed as the owner of the registered in the BVI company PRO-MARK SAVERS CLUB LIMITED. That the other offshore founders are companies related to Shepelev-family.

The former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko has a couple of offshore companies too. Petro Kyrychenko, former assistant to the prime minister.  Many remember that he was interrogated in the case of the murder of Shcherban.

And now turn our attention to offshore of those officials who are in power. For example, a company of Petro Poroshenko. The President is the founder of Prime Asset Partners Ltd. (Similar to the name of his Ukrainian holding company). Poroshenko became its only owner in August 2014. Prime Asset Partners plays the role of a holding company for the Ukrainian and Cypriot structures of Roshen confectionery corporation. The president also owns companies registered in Cyprus (CEE Confectionary) and the Netherlands (Roshen Europe B.V.).

Very strange is the offshore of the head of the President’s Administration, Borys Lozhkin. Integrity International Holding Limited, based in Cyprus, has a number of famous founders. MP from the faction "Bloc of Petro Poroshenko," Sergei Leshchenko said that through this offshore company Lozhkin sold Ukrainian Media Holding to Kurchenko for 315 million euros, and Ukraine has not received a penny from this tax.

Oleg Gladkovsky (formerly Svynarchuk) in 2009 became the owner of TECKFORD INVESTMENTS FINANCIAL CORPORATION, which is associated with the "Bogdan" corporation.

Gladkovsky is part of the inner circle of Poroshenko. They founded "UPI," a group that has made the current President multimillionaire. Earlier Poroshenko stated that a majority stake of "Bogdan" he sold to Gladkovsky in 2009.

But the most controversial offshore company in the list became Intraco Management Ltd. Earlier, Ukrainian and British media claimed that it is associated with Igor Kononenko and Petro Poroshenko. According to the documents, this offshore company paid for Kononenko’s daughters vacation and training abroad, charters of Poroshenko (when he became a president). In addition, the firm has been seen in a variety of suspicious transactions. In particular, according to Liga.Net, in the autumn of 2014, it bought fuel from a subsidiary of the Russian "Gazprom". Then Kononenko rejected his and Poroshenko’s involvement in Intraco Management Ltd.

However, after the publication of the next portion of Mossack & Fonseca documents, it turned out that the beneficiary of this company is a Sergei Zaitsev. According to journalist Dmitry Hnap, "the man with the same name and surname is the deputy director general of the corporation" Roshen," and today he is also a co-owner of OOO "Central European confectionery," together with the President himself."

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"Earlier, Sergei Zaitsev was a classmate and the first business partner of Petro Poroshenko In the 90s, they imported together cocoa to Ukraine. The document contains the address of Zaitsev. A nest of old friends (Poroshenko Kononenko, Zaitsev, Svynarchuk (Gladkovsky), is situated here," says Hnap.

Journalist Sergey Shcherbina claims that Mykola Gavrilenko, Head of "Ukrtransnafta," together with Andriy Adamovsky and Igor Filipenko owned offshore company TURITELLA CORPORATION, registered in the BVI. Website of journalistic consortium confirms that Gavrilenko is as co-owner TURITELLA.

Head of the Lustrations Department (Ministry of Justice) Tatiana Kozachenko was an advisor of Bahamian offshore Drinks Inc. In an interview with 112 Ukraine, she said that it is normal. Drinks Company was founded in October 1997. Its old name is Lanbaham Corporation.

And this is an offshore that belongs to former consul in Latin America Ivan Shkrum, father of Aliona Shkrum (MP from "Fatherland") –  BETAL MANAGEMENT LTD. It has an office in Riga, and is listed on the BVO Corporation.

Offshore companies are detected in a number of prominent representatives of the business. This is a complicated offshore scheme of Garik Korogodsky. He owns Fitness Communication Club Peak Ltd, Danfield Corporation. By the way, his first partner is Alexander Melamud (one of the owners of Introspec Investments Limited). They are the owners of the Kyiv Dream Town shopping and entertainment complex.

Ivan Kompan, partner of  Kompan Consulting, partner at Deloitte Consulting, Managing Director of Creditanstalt Austria Investment Bank, the course instructor of "Finance" Edinburgh Business School in Eastern Europe, has its offshore - LAST FRONTIER CAPITAL PARTNERS LTD.

A businessman, broadcaster, journalist Andriy Palchevsky has its offshored - RAINBOW NETWORK INTERNATIONAL LIMITED.

Managing partner of Ernst & Young in Ukraine Alexey Kredisov has an offshore too.

As well as the famous trio partners Alexei Pyshnyi, Andriy Skalozub, and Maxim Koretsky. In 2013, they opened the first Ukrainian bank without branches - BitBank.

A remarkable episode of "Panamanian list" is also related to Ukraine. It is known who is behind the company, appearing in various schemes of money laundering in the countries of Eastern Europe. Quartell Trading Ltd - a company from the British Virgin Islands, the financial activity of which is being investigated by Swiss police officers. Quartell Trading, in particular, appeared in the media as a transit company, which transferred the money stolen from the Russian budget in the framework of the so-called "Magnitsky case." It turned out that the owner and director of it is Vladimir Boyko, who has another offshore company - Orvitel Enterprises, Corp.

Related: Panama Papers: Poroshenko linked to offshores cooperating with Russian “Gazprom”

Related: “Panama Papers” database became public: 165 Ukrainians have offshores

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