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Moscow court arrests in absentia Dnipropetrovsk region governor Ihor Kolomoyskyi

July 02, 2014, 12:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW
In Russia, he is charged with masterminding murders and applying banned ways and methods of warfare
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Ihor Kolomoyskyi

Ihor Kolomoyskyi

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MOSCOW, July 02. /ITAR-TASS/. Basmanny district court of Moscow has arrested in absentia the Governor of east-central Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk Region Ihor Kolomoyskyi on Wednesday. The court has satisfied a request from detectives to this effect.

Russian law enforcement agencies accuse Kolomoyskyi of masterminding murders and use of banned ways and methods of warfare. He was put on international wanted list on June 21.

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Russia’s Investigative Committee has filed similar criminal proceedings against parliament-appointed Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov. June 21, Kolomoyskyi and Avakov were put on international wanted list. It is expected that Moscow’s Basmanny district court will review the investigation’s petition on Avakov’s arrest in absentia.

Kolomoyskyi, according to open sources, is one of the richest Ukrainian citizens, founder of the Privat financial and industrial group. Upon the decision of the Verkhovna Rada Kolomoyskyi was appointed Governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region. In this office, he declared an active fight against the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics and proposed to form at his expense military units for a raid against them.

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