Brothers-businessmen Hryhoriy and Ihor Surkis lost a court battle with the Ukrainian state. On Monday, April 15, the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court decided to overturn the decisions of the lower courts and close the case of the Surkis family: they failed to challenge the fact of connection with the ex-owner of Privat Igor Kolomoyskiy.
The court sessions lasted three and a half years in the courts of various instances and to this day have brought exclusively victories to Surkis brothers. For a long time, they managed to deny their connection with the oligarch Igor Kolomoyskiy, despite the fact that they are co-owners of the 1+1 mediaholding.
In considering this level, the court for the first time applied the provisions of Law 2571-d, also known as "anti- Kolomoyskiy".
According to the League, the price of victory for the state is relatively small — the former deposits of Surkis for UAH 500 million (Another 500 million deposit of their father, Rahmil Surkis managed to save). But money is not the main result of this story, because it is the victory of the Ukrainian state over the oligarchs, shows that the great legal war for PrivatBank continues.
The trial in the Supreme Court t began on December 16, 2019 and had 5 sessions. Each time the trial was postponed for various reasons.
Proponents of the "Democratic Axe" movement peacefully protested outside the court walls during hearings and called on judges to make a legal decision.
As we reported earlier, on May 4, judges of the Supreme Court appealed to the High Council of Justice and the Office of the Prosecutor General with a statementabout the inadmissibility of pressure on judges by Anton Shvets and the "Democratic Axe".
The day before, Anton Shvets wrote a statement to NABU on suspicion of corruption and criminal conspiracy of judges of the Supreme Court in favor of Surkis and Kolomoisky. NABU replied that they had taken the information into account and started studying the materials.