The large Ukrainian mobile operator Kyivstar, whose co-owners were previously Russian businessmen Mikhail Fridman, Pyotr Aven and Andrey Kosogov, may be confiscated in favor of the Ukrainian state, Rostislav Shurma, deputy head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said in an interview with Economic Pravda.
“The relevant services there are now studying the legal situation. I think there is a high probability of sanctions followed by confiscation of this company,” explained a senior Ukrainian official. He stressed that several possible options are currently being considered. Among them are the complete nationalization of Kyivstar (and its transfer to the control of the Ukrainian government) and the confiscation of only that share of the operator that was owned by Russian businessmen.
As Rostislav Shurma explained, the final decision on the fate of the Kyivstar operator will be made by the “competent departments” after consultations with lawyers.
In September of this year, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reportedthat Mikhail Fridman is suspected of financing several Russian military factories in the amount of about 2 billion rubles. On October 6, the SBU announced that the court had seized all the assets of Mikhail Fridman, as well as Messrs. Aven and Kosogov in the amount of more than UAH 17 billion. (RUB 46.5 billion). In October became knownthat Mr. Friedman left the UK and moved to Israel, but because of the outbreak of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he came to Moscow.