Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, no one has been interested in Zelenskyy’s huge private fortune, which became public through the “Pandora Papers”. Now the Dutch party “Forum for Democracy” has asked publicly.
Until just a few months ago, the comedian, “dick pianist” (Link: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyj: The Legend of the Pimmel Pianist) and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyj was a controversial figure. The reason for this: as an alleged “oligarch and corruption fighter” he is no good. On the one hand Zelenskyj is considered a puppet of the oligarch Kolomoyskyj, on the other hand, according to the “Pandora Papers” Huge amounts of personal wealth made, which he bunkers (tax-friendly) abroad. Luxury villas included. This led to the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” publishing an opinion article in February 2021 entitled “Corrupt as ever‘ published, in which the Ukrainian head of state was sharply criticized. The author, Florian Hassel, states dryly: “If billions weren’t stolen in Ukraine, the country wouldn’t need billions in credit from the West.”
The Federal Agency for Civic Education (BpB) also insisted on all the entanglements of the former hope of many Ukrainians to report. Tens of millions of dollars were shuffled around, benefiting Zelenskyy, his wife and three of his friends. Overall, a very opaque network, which served the personal enrichment of the people involved. A Dutch political party has now taken a public interest in Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s personal finances.
“Zelenskyj has a fortune: According to various estimates, his fortune is around $850 million. He accumulated most of it after taking office as President. where does the money come from And more importantly, where is it going?”, the Forum for Democracy asked in posts on its Twitter and Telegram accounts on Monday. The national-conservative and Eurosceptic Dutch party boycotted Zelenskyy’s speech to the Dutch parliament last month, calling it a violation of a nearly two-century-old democratic tradition that bars foreign heads of state from addressing the House of Representatives. The party also expressed concern about Zelenskyy’s ban on political parties, including the main opposition party, and the closure of dissident television channels.
Shady offshore companies
Before becoming president in 2019, Zelenskyy co-owned the television entertainment company Kvartal 95, which he co-founded in 2003. Last week said Volodymyr Landa, deputy editor-in-chief of Forbes Ukraine, said the company makes about $20-30 million a year, with Zelensky owning a 25 percent stake. Before the 2019 election, Zelenskyy’s family acquired, according to the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project also a 25 percent interest in Maltex Multicapital Corp, a British Virgin Islands tax haven, through a separate Belize-registered shell company, Film Heritage. Zelenskyy stressed after the election that he had given up his stake in the company and has not mentioned the company in any of his tax returns since 2018.
In October 2021 reported that OCCRP however, that the President, his family and members of his inner circle have stuck with Maltex and run a whole network of shady offshore companies, at least two of which have been used to buy property in London near the famous 221B Baker Street and the Houses of Parliament. So much for Zelenskyj no longer enriching himself.