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Ario Law Firm and EQUITY Law Firm are representing Serhiy Pashynsky in the so-called “Kurchenko oil products case

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Criminal Law and White Collar Crime

21 February 2024

The session to decide on a preventive measure for a member of the Verkhovna Rada of the VIII Convocation is being held at the High Anti-Corruption Court.

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU), the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP), and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) have announced suspicion against former MP Serhiy Pashynsky in a case involving the alleged misappropriation of oil products confiscated in 2014 (which were imported into Ukraine by Serhiy Kurchenko) and causing nearly 1 billion UAH in damages to the state.

"From the initial reports circulating on anonymous Telegram channels regarding searches and suspicion cast upon Serhiy Pashynsky, emerging two hours prior to the official announcement by NABU, to the cinematic spectacle orchestrated by the anti-corruption agency, we witness a string of manipulations, distortion of facts, and deliberate omissions. The investigation brands our client as the 'organizer' of the scheme, despite presenting no concrete evidence to support such claims. Furthermore, the investigation manipulates the valuation of oil products, exploiting currency fluctuations spanning from 2014 to 2024," emphasizes Tetiana Melnyk, an attorney at Ario Law Firm. "Remarkably, the investigation neglects to mention that the selling of these oil products was court-ordered, not instigated by Pashynsky, and justified due to the risk of spoilage from prolonged storage. Equally significant is the fact that the state did, in fact, receive proceeds from the sale of these petroleum products."

Taras Poshivanyuk, a partner at EQUITY Law Firm, stated: "We will place our trust in the impartial investigation of this case, as uncovering evidence of a decade-old crime proves to be quite challenging. Moreover, ensuring objectivity in the investigation poses its own complexities. We are adamant about the need for the National Anti-Corruption Bureau to uncover the truth, which is currently far from definitive."