In this office, the son of Viktor Pshonka, former Prosecutor General, collected kickbacks for Yanukovych.
On February 23, activist and journalist Tetiana Chornovol reported that according to Censor.NET, Maidan activists discovered the center for cashing (money laundering) of Yanukovych Family’s funds. It is said to be located at 35 Oles Honchar Street in Kyiv, in the territory of an elite residential complex, Da Vinci, in central Kyiv.“It was in this office, according to our information, where Artem Pshonka (the son of former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka ) collected kickbacks, bribes, and whatever else imaginable for Yanukovych. It was this to office that people who were bringing funds to the ‘Family’ had to come”, notes Chornovol.
According to the activist, the company that was building a new Mezhyhirya for Yanukovych outside of Koncha-Zaspa was registered at the same address, on the ninth floor of this building.
“We came up to the ninth floor and found a highly exclusive restaurant there, with lobsters swimming in the fish tanks. We found a rather interesting list in one of the offices of this restaurant, which included the last names, presumably of the holders of special club cards of this restaurant. There were 20 thousands of whatever currency stored on each visitor’s card. Perhaps, this is some kind of an order limit, so to speak, and they could order food up to this limit”, suggested the activist.
Interestingly, Artem Pshonka tops this list, while oligarch Sergiy Kurchenko was placed only 16th. Also included on the list is Sergiy Shakhov – a businessman from Luhansk oblast and former member of Luhansk Oblast Council, who gained notoriety for his technique of bribing the voters with 50 hryvnias in exchange for their passport data, which he later used in his fraudulent currency transactions.
“We discovered an entire floor where, it turned out, Sergiy Shakhov was spending the bulk of his time. There, information on various businesses and banking reports was being stored”, reported Chornovol.
Yanukovych’s sons also appeared in this office occasionally.
According to Chornovol, a Bohdan Hubsky was listed fifth on this list, and Elbrus Tedeyev was seventh.
“Office employees told us that there had been lots of money here – simply huge amounts. There were safes here, which were practically overflowing with cash. When they entered, office employees saw these stacks of cash on the tables, they didn’t even have enough time to put them away. Needless to say, we were unable to find anything now. The office was thoroughly cleaned up prior to our arrival; not only the money, but also numerous folders presumably with documents were empty”, added Chornovol.
Portraits of Stalin and Peter the Great, as well as those of Yanukovych, were hanging on the floor used by Artem Pshonka.
“In reality, this is not merely Pshonka’s office. This is more Yanukovych’s office, where Pshonka simply worked to cash Yanukovych’s funds”, summed up Chronovol.
Translated by Olga Ruda Edited by Janet Taylor and W. Michael Donvoan