The United States has imposed sanctions on Ukrainian businessman Igor Kolomoisky “for significant corruption,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a written statement.
The restrictions also included the entrepreneur’s wife Irina, daughter Angelika and son Israel Zvi Kolomoisky. They were all banned from entering the United States.
“In his official capacity as the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine from 2014 to 2015, Kolomoisky participated in corrupt activities <…> including using his political influence and official powers for personal gain,” Blinken said.
According to the head of the State Department, although the Ukrainian was blacklisted based on his actions in the past, the current constant efforts of Kolomoisky “to undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine,” threatening the future of the country, cause concern.
Blinken also said that the United States would continue to support reforms in Ukraine, and the State Department “will use powers like these to promote the principle of accountability for corrupt individuals in the region and around the world.”
The US Department of Justice has previously accused Kolomoisky of withdrawing large sums from the Privatbank he founded under the guise of loans to affiliated organizations.
In 2016, the government of Ukraine nationalized the bank, but in 2019, the businessman achieved the canceled this decision in court. However, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a special law that did not allow him to regain the bank.
The US Department of Justice also demanded that the US court confiscate three buildings belonging to Kolomoisky in America worth about $ 60 million. The department is sure that the accomplices of the entrepreneur purchased them with the money stolen from Privatbank.