MOSCOW, September 2 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky’s property has been seized in Moscow at the request of the Russian Investigative Committee, its spokesperson Vladimir Markin said Tuesday.
“It has been established that Joint-Stock Company Elit-Holding, the co-founder of which is Kolomoisky, owns an office building located in Moscow and the profit gained from letting its premises could be used by Kolomoisky to sponsor illegal activities in southeastern Ukraine,” Markin said.
Markin added that in accordance with the court’s order, a search was conducted of the building, resulting in the finding of some documents that could be important to subsequent investigations.
“Apart from that, in accordance with the Investigative Committee’s request, the building was seized and the Joint-Stock Company Elit-Holding was prohibited to take any administrative decisions with regard to the property,” Markin added.
According to Markin, the federal agency is searching for Kolomoisky’s properties not only in Russia, but also abroad “in order to prevent sponsoring of terrorist activities against civilians in the southeast of Ukraine.”
Ihor Kolomoisky is Ukraine’s fourth-richest person and Dnipropetrovsk Region governor. His net worth is estimated at $1.8 billion.
In June, Russia issued arrest warrants for Kolomoisky, as well as Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, on charges of organizing murders and abductions, using banned means and methods of warfare and preventing journalistic activities.
In connection with the events in southeast Ukraine, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against Kolomoisky, accusing him of committing crimes against civilians in his country and sponsoring a number of Ukrainian armed groups.