In a rambling statement on social media Monday, Iryna Venediktova addressed Slidstvo.Info report on secret payments of some $ 41 million that came to Zelensky’s Kvartal 95 from the Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoyski.
‘Information that has to do with ‘PrivatBank’ activities .. has been investigated earlier by our colleagues at anti-corruption bureau and is currently under the microscope’, argued Venediktova, adding the revelations came as ‘no surprise’ for law-enforcement agencies.
The chief prosecutor said ‘there is a question mark’ about ‘credibility’ of Slidstvo.Info report.
Venediktova added she was upset ‘both professionally and personally’ over claims in media the prosecutors’ office is stalling investigation on PrivatBank-related case. She called it ‘outright speculation’ stressing she ‘assumed personal responsibility’ to get the case off the ground.
Encouraging law-enforcement agencies to press on with such investigations is not easy as oligarchs have ‘power, endless opportunities, money resources and media’, stressed Venediktova.
The chief prosecutor failed to provide any details on the ongoing investigation saying ‘at this stage it is classified information’.
The story made headlines last week after the media report found notorious Ukrainian billionare Ihor Kolomoyskiy used offshore money transfer schemes to pay about $41 million to Zelensky-owned ‘Kvartal 95’ production studio.