Head of the Presidential Office Andriy Bohdan has received the reward of the Merited Lawyer of Ukraine according to the Decree of the third President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko for the lost state case. Radio Liberty reported that.
It is stated that the reward which Andriy Bohdan has received was awarded by President Viktor Yushchenko for the "recovery" of the State illegally privatized PJSC Nikopol Ferroalloy Factory.
It is reported that Ihor Kolomoyskyi and Viktor Pinchuk purchased the minority of shares of the joint-stock company in the 90s and Nikopol Factory has the status of the State property until 2003. After that Pinchuk bought back a controlling interest during Leonid Kuchma's presidency.
The shares, which were purchased by Pinchuk, were decided to be returned to the state after the Orange Revolution. Andriy Bohnad and a group of lawyers protected the interests of the State in courts.
According to journalists, Bohdan and his group asked for compensation in May 2007. However, it was known at that moment that the enterprise will not come back to State ownership.
As a result, Kolomoyskyi and Pinchuk redeployed the shares between themselves and the State lost the case.