A raid by a group of armed men in combat fatigues on a state-owned oil company in the Ukrainian capital Kiev caused uproar in parliament on Friday and thrust banking billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky into the spotlight.
Two parliamentary deputies accused Kolomoisky of sending the masked men into the offices of UkrTransNafta late on Thursday night after it was announced that its chairman, an ally of the 52-year-old oligarch, had been sacked.
Kolomoisky,(appointed, not elected) governor of the eastern Dnipropetrovsk region and one of Ukraine's richest men with a net worth of about $3 billion according to Forbes, later came out of the building and clashed angrily with journalists.
BBV “Igor Kolomoisky (net worth $1.3 billion) was appointed governor of his native Dnipropetrovsk region”
"I came to free the building from Russian saboteurs," he could be heard saying on a YouTube video clip in which he swore several times at reporters.
Kolomoisky is lying- His lips are moving & he is lying. Kolomoisky is associated with and runs the neo nazi battalions. That is a fact. He sent his thugs in to intimidate. Period!
The affair turned a spotlight on the role of Ukraine's super-rich and the future of their business empires as the country grapples with an economic crisis and a separatist war.
Kolomoisky is widely credited with financing the setting-up of a battalion of volunteer fighters which stopped the big city of Dnipropetrovsk from slipping into the hands of the separatists.
Kolomoisky is an oligarchal war lord! The battalions are Azov and/or Aidar.
Kolomoisky, co-founder of the banking chain Privatbank, has interests in energy, media, aviation and metals. He has no direct business connection with UkrTransNafta, which is under full state ownership.
BBV- Kolomoisky, however, wasn't being entirely selfless. He lobbied hard against competitors, such as Rinat Akhmetov (net worth $6.7 billion) and Viktor Pinchuk ($1.5 billion), and seemed to believe he should be able to expand his business empire in exchange for the help he rendered to the Ukrainian state. He also continued exerting power over several nominally state-controlled businesses at which he had installed his managers under the previous regime.
But Serhiy Leshchenko, one of two deputies leading criticism of the tycoon, said Kolomoisky had interests to defend in the energy sector and accused him of personally sending in his men to restore his own ally as head of UkrTransNafta.
"The president must put Kolomoisky in his place. The seizure of a state firm in the center of Kiev by armed people is a personal challenge to Poroshenko and his legitimacy," Leshchenko told parliament.
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Facebook that the building was back under the control of the police and that the armed men had left.
Kolomoisky is a terrorizing thug. Can it be any more obvious? If doubtful, read below
BBV- Apparently, Ukrainian energy minister Vladimir Demchishin, who visited Kolomoisky from Ukrtransnafta, got a more convincing explanation, because he decided against calling the police to oust Kolomoisky from the building. Sevgil Musaeva, editor of Ukraine's most popular news website, Pravda.com.ua, quoted a Ukrainian official as saying Kolomoisky told Demchishin that if needed he could bring 2,000 volunteer fighters to Kiev, "because enterprises are being taken away from him."Kolomoisky and his 2,000 fighters- Recall the Maidan brutes? Kolomoisky's army.
TV channels had a field day replaying his clash with journalists, with bleeps censoring his most colorful turns of phrase.
Of course I can’t understand the talk, but, this appears to be video shot when Kolomoisky exited the building with his band of neonazis and whatever papers he stole!
This is directly linked to the news I had up the other day-