The Office of the Prosecutor General presumes involvement of Korban and Novinsky in the Amstor’s takeover
Nearly every item in the Gennady Korban’s “black books”, published by the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, may become the cause for criminal prosecution. This opinion has been expressed by the prosecutor of the General Prosecution Office Valery Karputsov.
“Any data, as you know, any reports, any information, in accordance with the new Code of Criminal Procedure, is added to the Unified Register of pre-trial investigations. And in this case, if we have physical evidence of certain operations with money, property, they are usually subject to investigation in terms of the Code of Criminal Procedure”, – V. Karpuntsov noted.
It’s worth recalling, that in late December 2015 the Office of Prosecutor General of Ukraine has published records, found during the search, carried out in Gennady Korban’s office, the leader of political party “UKROP”. The OPG claims that the found records point at the keeping “black books” and raid of a number of enterprises.
Valery Karpuntsov also commented on the information about Gennady Korban’s “black books” containing data on collusion between Dnepropetrovsk businessman and “Smart-Holding” of Vadim Novinsky regarding the illegal takeover of the supermarket chain “Amstor”. Back in January the famous blogger Anton Shvets wrote, that Korban’s records contain the amount of money income and payouts related to the raid of “Amstor”. According to the information from documents, 15.01.2015 2 million dollars were transferred to Koban’s account from the company Mikoltesia (with “Smart” written in brackets). 30.04.2015 Korban receives another one million dollars from the same company. There are also notes about Korban’s expenses on the project “Amstor” – a total amount of more than 700 thousand dollars, as Shvets noted.
“Yes, I do recall. There was enough information. As far as I remember it has been reported publicly that there is an “Amstor” proceeding, and more than one. Thus, the investigations of the documentation is being held within one of these proceedings”, – V. Karpuntsov said.
It’s worth reminding, that on December 31, 2015 armed men, calling themselves the representatives of the new management – the company “Smart-Holding” (owned by Russian oligarch with Ukrainian passport Vadim Novinsky), burst into the supermarkets of “Amstor” chain throughout Ukraine. The legal attack took place prior to that – the “Amstor” founders’ names were changed using forged documents and with the help of State Registration Service workers. As of today, the proceedings with respect to the majority of
the “Amstor” company group enterprises are opened, and part of stores premises is transferred for the long-term lease to “Silpo” chain.