MOSCOW, September 3 (RAPSI) – Crimean authorities have decided to nationalize property of Ukrainian billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky located within the territory of the republic, RIA Novosti reported Wednesday.
Lawmakers of the State Council of Crimea, the parlament of the republic, supported the initiative submitted by Acting Head of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov almost unanimously.
Russia’s Investigative Committee is looking for assets Kolomoisky may own in Russia, including in Crimea, and which may be seized, committee’s spokesman Vladimir Markin said Tuesday. A court in Moscow has already seized a business center owned by Elite Holding, a company co-founded by Kolomoisky.
A criminal case has been opened in Russia against Kolomoisky and Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov under Russian articles on “the masterminding of murder, the use of prohibited methods and means of warfare, abduction, and the hindering of the legitimate activities of journalists.”
Kolomoisky is one of Ukraine’s richest people, whose personal wealth is estimated by Forbes at $1.8 billion.