It took 8 years for the investigators of the Investigation Department of the Main Directorate of the National Police in the Odessa region, with the operational support of the regional Department of the SBU, to complete the investigation of the case of the oligarch – the fugitive young oligarch Sergei Kurchenko, who is associated with the “Family” of the ex-president convicted of treason. About taking the case to court informs Office of the Attorney General.
“Prosecutors of the Odessa Regional Prosecutor’s Office filed an indictment against a Ukrainian fugitive businessman on the fact of creating a criminal organization for the purpose of tax evasion, abuse of power and official forgery (part 1 of article 255, part 3 of article 27, part 4 of article 28, part 3 of article 212, part 3 of article 27, part 4 of article 28, part 1 of article 364, part 3 of article 27, part 4 of article 28, part 1 of article 366 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine), – the message says.
Kurchenko is accused of setting up a tax evasion scheme for more than UAH 3.1 billion.
The investigation established that the defendant in 2011-2014 created a criminal organization and set up a scheme for the import of uncleared oil products into the customs territory of Ukraine. Subsequently, they were sold on the domestic market of the country without paying taxes, fees and payments to the state budget. He also processed the fictitious export of these oil products outside Ukraine.
The activities of a criminal organization led by a runaway businessman caused damage to the state economy by more than 3.1 billion hryvnias.
“In the course of the pre-trial investigation, all movable and immovable property, as well as land plots of Odesa Oil Refinery PJSC and Energy and Gas Ukraine LLC belonging to the head of the criminal organization, were seized,” the prosecutor’s office said.
Recall Odessa Oil Refinery was confiscated in favor of the state in 2017.
However, in 2021, former Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko announced that the special confiscation of the refinery, which was applied as part of the investigation of Kurchenko’s economic crimes, was canceled by the Kropyvnytsky Court of Appeal.
Odessa Oil Refinery was one of the 7 oil refineries in Ukraine. All refineries, except for two, stopped working from 2009 to 2012, including due to bankruptcy.
The Odessa Oil Refinery was shut down in 2010, the enterprise was in critical condition. Until 2013, the refinery was owned by the Russian oil company LUKOIL, which subsequently sold this asset to the VETEK group of Sergey Kurchenko. Later, VETEK pledged the plant to VTB under a loan issued by the Cypriot Swisspro Capital. Kurchenko himself soon left Ukraine, and the plant was de facto nationalized.
After the Russian invasion, The Odessa Oil Refinery was repeatedly subjected to rocket attacks, and in April the enterprise was destroyed.