Media reported on Security Service of Ukraine charges against Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska

Media reported on Security Service of Ukraine charges against Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska
Oleg Deripaska

According to the edition Ukrainian News, the Russian billionaire was among the nine people accused of destroying the Zaporozhye aluminum plant by Kiev.⁠

Among the nine people, who were accused of deliberately destroying the Zaporozhye Aluminum Plant (ZALK) production complex the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), is president of RUSAL, which previously controlled the plant, Oleg Deripaska, the Ukrainian News reported citing an informed source.

According to the newspaper, the SBU also reported that on the list there are head of the RUSAL commercial department of new projects Vadim Kravchenko and Ivan Lishchuk, the ZALK Director, member of the Supervisory Board of the plant Alexander Ristik-Surkunis, founder of Evromash and Dneproinmet Vladimir Sirko and others.

In the statement of the SBU nine people, accused of destroying the complex ZALK, is called international criminal group, which included representatives of RUSAL, members of the former management of the plant, Ukrainian businessmen and foreign nationals, including three Russians.

RUSAL refused to confirm or deny that Deripaska received the message from the SBU. The interlocutor of RBC said that the SBU's action has already been commented.

"The company regards these illegal actions as an attempt of political pressure in response to a lawsuit filed by RUSAL against the Government of Ukraine in the International Court of Investment Protection (ICSID)," a RUSAL representative said on Tuesday, August 29.

RUSAL became the owner of ZALK in 2007. In the next few years, the plant stopped producing primary aluminum, and then rolled wire from imported Russian raw materials. In 2015, a controlling interest in ZALK was withdrawn from RUSAL and became the property of the State Property Fund of Ukraine.

In October 2016, RUSAL-controlled companies filed an application to review the case against Ukraine in arbitration under the auspices of the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank (ICSID, headquartered in Washington).

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