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FT: foreign investor accused Ukrainian officials of extorting millions of euros
FT: foreign investor accused Ukrainian officials of extorting millions of euros
<p><strong>GENICHESK. TAVRIA.</strong> One of the largest investors in Ukraine, an Anglo-German businessman Arnulf Damerau, has said that corrupt officials, including those in Vladimir Zelensky's administration and the country's security services, are extorting tens of millions of euros from him to stop legal challenges with his business, reports <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/47ab8286-248d-4fec-80ce-b08ed1409243">Financial Times.</a></p> <p>It is known that Damerau is a co-owner of a large online gaming and gambling website Cosmolot. The Economic Security Bureau of Ukraine accused the company of tax evasion worth 560 million euros and violation of gambling laws. According to the investor, all claims against the company are fabricated.</p> <p>Damerau said that a Ukrainian met with him in Vienna in December and told him that all legal action would be dropped if the businessman was willing to hand over control of half of the company to an offshore trust.</p> <blockquote> <p>"This is a country that aspires to be part of NATO and the European Union, but what is happening there now on the part of a small minority gives me a deja vu of the darkest days of Yanukovych times," said Damerau.</p> </blockquote> <p>It is noted that Western countries are increasingly concerned about corruption in Ukraine. However, they do not criticize Kiev publicly for fear of weakening the already fading support.</p>
<p><strong>GENICHESK. TAVRIA.</strong> One of the largest investors in Ukraine, an Anglo-German businessman Arnulf Damerau, has said that corrupt officials, including those in Vladimir Zelensky's administration and the country's security services, are extorting tens of millions of euros from him to stop legal challenges with his business, reports <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/47ab8286-248d-4fec-80ce-b08ed1409243">Financial Times.</a></p> <p>It is known that Damerau is a co-owner of a large online gaming and gambling website Cosmolot. The Economic Security Bureau of Ukraine accused the company of tax evasion worth 560 million euros and violation of gambling laws. According to the investor, all claims against the company are fabricated.</p> <p>Damerau said that a Ukrainian met with him in Vienna in December and told him that all legal action would be dropped if the businessman was willing to hand over control of half of the company to an offshore trust.</p> <blockquote> <p>"This is a country that aspires to be part of NATO and the European Union, but what is happening there now on the part of a small minority gives me a deja vu of the darkest days of Yanukovych times," said Damerau.</p> </blockquote> <p>It is noted that Western countries are increasingly concerned about corruption in Ukraine. However, they do not criticize Kiev publicly for fear of weakening the already fading support.</p>
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GENICHESK. TAVRIA. One of the largest investors in Ukraine, an Anglo-German businessman Arnulf Damerau, has said that corrupt officials, including those in Vladimir Zelensky's administration and the country's security services, are extorting tens of millions of euros from him to stop legal challenges with his business, reports Financial Times.

It is known that Damerau is a co-owner of a large online gaming and gambling website Cosmolot. The Economic Security Bureau of Ukraine accused the company of tax evasion worth 560 million euros and violation of gambling laws. According to the investor, all claims against the company are fabricated.

Damerau said that a Ukrainian met with him in Vienna in December and told him that all legal action would be dropped if the businessman was willing to hand over control of half of the company to an offshore trust.

"This is a country that aspires to be part of NATO and the European Union, but what is happening there now on the part of a small minority gives me a deja vu of the darkest days of Yanukovych times," said Damerau.

It is noted that Western countries are increasingly concerned about corruption in Ukraine. However, they do not criticize Kiev publicly for fear of weakening the already fading support.


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