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 Court attaches 20 gas wells owned by Ukraine’s former Environment Minister Zlochevskyi

The Pechersk District Court of Kyiv granted the petition of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine to attach 20 wells of one of the largest gas producing companies Esko-Pivnich, owned by ex-Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Mykola Zlochevskyi.

This is stated in the court's ruling dated July 1, published in the Unified State Register of court decisions, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

Besides seizure of assets, the court prohibited Esko-Pivnich LLC to sell hydrocarbon extracted from the wells.

The arrest was imposed under the pretrial investigation No. 42014000000000375 of July 7, 2014, initiated by the Prosecutor General's Office into embezzlement of funds by Ukrhazvydobuvannia SE officials under joint venture agreements in 2010-2014, as well as against officials of several companies of Burisma corporate group (owned by Zlochevskyi), suspected of tax evasion.

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As reported, Zlochevskyi is the owner of Burisma Holdings founded in 2002. It consists of four energy service companies engaged in mining and production of hydrocarbons, namely Esko-Pivnich, Pari, Persha Ukrainska Hazonaftova Kompania, and Aldea.

Burisma Holdings possesses 20 licenses for extraction of hydrocarbons in Ukraine.

The company plans to increase natural gas production by 50 percent or 600 million cubic meters up to 1.8 billion cubic meters in 2016, compared with its production in 2015.

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Last January, the PGO put former Ecology Minister Zlochevskyi on the wanted list with $23 million having been frozen on his accounts. Later, it was reported that the case against Zlochevskyi was transferred to the NABU.

On Feb. 26, acting President, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Oleksandr Turchynov dismissed Zlochevskyi from the post of deputy secretary of the NSDC, which he had held from April 20, 2012. Earlier, Zlochevskyi held the post of minister of ecology and natural resources.
 
 
 
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