Ukrainian businessman kidnapped after Russia arrested him in absentia

Source : 112 Ukraine

The businessman was kidnapped by two unidentified people as he was in the beauty salon
21:10, 8 July 2020

Businessman Serhiy Tkachenko and his wife Yulianna Tkachenko

A shareholder of Crimean ship-repairing yard Yuzhny (occupied Sevastopol) Serhiy Tkachenko was kidnapped in Kyiv. It took place soon after Russia arrested the businessmen in absentia as reported citing Yulianna Tkachenko, the wife of the abducted man.

It is known that Tkachenko came to the beauty salon near Dorohozhychi metro station. He was followed by to unknown people and they forcibly took away the businessman handcuffing him. It was spotted by the CCTV cameras.

The employees of the beauty salon stated that the kidnappers introduced themselves as the federals.

The family of Tkachenko believes that the businessman was abducted by the Russian law enforcers as he pursued in court with Russia for a few years for business expropriated in Crimea. Moscow court arrested the man in absentia in March.

“We have the only version now. It concerns the illegal prosecution of Tkachenko and illegal work of the law enforcement bodies of Russia in the territory of Ukraine,” lawyer of Tkachenko, Dmytro Trubitsyn said.

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The lawyer added that Tkachenko was not prosecuted in Ukraine.

The location of the businessman is unknown. The police opened the criminal case due to the illegal deprivation of freedom or kidnapping of a person.

The wife of the businessman stated that she and her daughter received threats from the unknown.

“My life is endangered. Some people visited me; the cars watched; people stayed, called from the door phone,” she said.

Before the occupation of Crimea, Serhiy Tkachenko was living in Kyiv and visited Sevastopol only for work. In 2014, the businessman refused to get Russian citizenship and was included on the list of people banned for entrance. The businessman estimated his assets for $150 million.

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Tkachenko planned to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights; the lawyers have already prepared the documents.

Russian law enforcers accused Tkachenko of the participation in the criminal network and especially big embezzlement at United grain company during the supplies of the Ukrainian grain in 2012-2013. Later, the court put Tkachenko on the international wanted list.

As we reported, a Ukrainian soldier was kidnapped on an administrative border with occupied Crimea. Search activities immediately began upon the disappearance of the serviceman, but they did not give results. The soldier did not answer the phone, his whereabouts were unknown. According to preliminary information, he was abducted.


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