Tonno Vahk, the partner of the Estonian billionaire Marcel Vichmann, who planned to become the largest investor in the resort village of Zatoka in 2014, recorded a video message to the Ukrainian leadership concerning the story of the TSN program released on the eve about the situation around investment project.
In the address, Vahk reminded that in 2015, the investor began to realize a big project in the resort village of Zatoka, but faced an attempt of raiding and extortion by the local organized crime group. After a series of exposing press conferences and appeals to law enforcement bodies an attempt was made on the investor’s lawyer, Oleksandr Pohorily, which was prevented by the National Police.
Law enforcers named the secretary of the local council Vyacheslav Bokiya the customer of the murder. He was also called one of the leaders of the local organized crime group.
The top leadership of the country promised to help the investor fight off the organized crime group, and the situation in Zatoka was raised at every meeting between the leaders of Estonia and Ukraine. However, after 3 years the situation only got worse - none of the representatives of the organized crime group was convicted, the customer of the murder heads Zatoka again, and the investor is unable to continue the project.
Moreover, according to the statement of Vyacheslav Bokiya, the SBU is initiating a criminal case against investor’s lawyer Oleksandr Pohorily. The lawyer himself calls this case trumped up and declares pressure from the SBU on the orders of the head of Zatoka council, with the aim of breaking up criminal cases against the organized crime group and Bokiya himself.
Tonno Vahk called on President Zelensky, Prosecutor General Ryaboshapka and SBU head Bakanov to react to the situation with the investor and his lawyer and to prove to European and Estonian partners that Ukraine is protecting the rights of investors.
Earlier, in 2017, PACE adopted a resolution condemning Ukraine’s inaction in the fight against organized crime groups and failure to provide real help to investor Marcel Vichmann.