President Volodymyr Zelensky and his close associates could be involved in transfers of $ 40 million from structures associated with the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky.
The Pandora Papers, a new leak from 14 firms that registered and serviced offshore companies, partially confirmed the scheme for transferring funds from the structures of the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky to the offshore companies of Zelensky and his associates. In particular, the journalists were able to identify the ultimate owners of offshore companies who could receive the money. These funds could be part of the story of the withdrawal and money laundering of Privatbank.
More than 600 journalists from all over the world examined 11.9 million offshore documents for a year, which became public after a new large-scale leak. This project is called Pandora Papers.
While working on the project, Investigations.Info journalists found confirmation of the information that was published during the presidential race in the spring of 2019. Namely, the scheme according to which the offshore companies of Zelenskiy and his team since 2012 allegedly received $ 40 million from companies associated with the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky. This happened at a time when the Kvartal 95 studio began to cooperate with the 1+1 TV channel.
The reliability of the information provided in the Pandora Papers documents and in the scheme was confirmed by the sources of Investigation.Info.
Journalists showed the scheme released during the elections to the British expert on financial crimes, Graham Barrow. The expert called the transactions reflected in the scheme suspicious.
"Every time I see a series of deals that look like this, it is a red flag to me. It looks like an unnecessarily complex series of deals and therefore there is probably a reason that is different from a purely commercial reason," he said.