According to Politico, court filings released Thursday show that the Justice Department has moved to seize property from Igor Kolomoisky, a Ukrainian oligarch long viewed as an ally of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who also has ties to Rudy Giuliani.
- Per the report, the DOJ “filed two civil forfeiture complaints on Thursday: one for an office park in Dallas, and the other for an office tower in Louisville, Ky. The department estimates the properties together are worth $70 million.”
- “The complaints allege that Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Bogolyubov, his longtime business partner, embezzled and defrauded billions of dollars from a Ukrainian bank they owned, PrivatBank,” Politico reported. “The Ukrainian government seized control of the bank in 2016, and the top regulator who led that move subsequently faced a long series of death threats.”
- Kolomoisky’s ties to Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, involve an April 2019 meeting with former Giuliani associates Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas in Tel Aviv. At the time, Giuliani was working to find dirt on Trump's political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Kolomoisky told a Ukrainian media outlet that the two men, Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, wanted him to connect Giuliani with Zelensky. Kolomoisky called them “two clowns” and predicted the episode would end in scandal.
- Politico noted that the DOJ “court filings do not charge Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov with any crimes. But the documents allege they stole billions of dollars from the bank, forcing the Ukrainian government to bail it out to stave off an economic crisis.”
“Kolomoisky in particular was known for ruthlessness and even violence that inspired loyalty — while he was governor of Dnipropetrovsk province, he was known to have paid armed goons to take over the offices of a state-owned oil company,” the Dallas filing said. “The employees of the bank understood that management’s instructions were Kolomoisky and Boholiubov’s orders, and orders were followed.”
- The oligarch’s attorney said in a statement: “Mr. Kolomoisky emphatically denies the allegations in the complaints filed today by the Department of Justice.”