Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, who beat the pots with the current President Petro Poroshenko, soon has the potential to improve the situation in Ukraine. After all, Vladimir Zelenskiy, which is, according to the oligarch, is his business partner in “1+1” – the favorite in the presidential race.
Igor Kolomoysky, who moved from Geneva and now lives in a suburb of tel Aviv, promises in case of victory Zelensky not to stay in Israel and immediately return to Ukraine. But on the eve of the second round of elections “Scheme” went to a small resort town Herzliya – to see how and where he lives, perhaps the main beneficiary of this election and who has already lined up its Israeli office.
13 Feb 2019 his 56th birthday in Israel was celebrated by the Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky.
And the next day, February 14, private plane, which uses the context of another oligarch Dmitry Firtash, landed at the capital’s Boryspil. It from tel Aviv to Kiev arrived the people’s Deputy Sergey Levochkin.
Serhiy Lyovochkin arrived by plane from tel Aviv to Kiev the day after the birthday of Igor Kolomoisky
Previously, he headed the Yanukovych administration – at a time when the financial pillar of the then President, was considered the oligarch Dmitry Firtash.
Now Lyovochkin – ally Yuriy Boyko and Viktor Medvedchuk’s party “Opposition platform For life”.
Now Lyovochkin – Boyko and ally of Medvedchuk’s party “Opposition platform For life”
In 2014, it became known that in Vienna, where for more than five years is forced to Dmitry Firtash for his investigation of the FBI, a meeting was held with the participation of Sergey Levochkin, Vitali Klitschko, Petro Poroshenko and Firtash in the world.
After meeting at the “Ritz” Vitali Klitschko decided to run for office and supported the candidacy of Poroshenko
It was after that meeting at the hotel “Ritz” Vitali Klitschko decided to run for President and supported the candidacy of Petro Poroshenko.
Already during the trial in Vienna, when considering a request for extradition to the US on charges of corruption, the oligarch Firtash confirmed this meeting and said publicly: “the Important thing is that we got what we wanted: Poroshenko – President, Klitschko became the mayor.”
Therefore, it is possible to assume that the meeting of two businessmen with two policies could have a decisive place in the election Poroshenko President.
The system of oligarchy is very bad for any country, for Ukraine in particular. Traditionally Ukraine – just their fiefdom, and they really are invested and are trying to invest, and different presidents and different political parties,
– explains the Executive Director of Bleyzer in Ukraine Oleg Ustenko.
Now Firtash is inferior in influence to another oligarch-in-exile Igor Kolomoisky, in turn, said the chief editor of “RBK-Ukraine” Sergey Shcherbina.
Sergey Shcherbina: Firtash inferior in influence to another oligarch in exile.
“The influence of Firtash does not compare with the influence of Kolomoisky. Given that Firtash for five years in Vienna. He has problems with his assets, he has a problem with “Naftogaz”. His influence now, of course, remains – is his interest in the faction “Opposition bloc”. Obviously, it will be his interest in the political force, which was created by Boyko, Lyovochkin together with Medvedchuk, explains nick. – However, the influence Kolomoisky, in my opinion, is now much broader.”
So now, when the candidate associated with the oligarch Kolomoisky, Vladimir Zelensky, the leader in the presidential rankings, a close ally of oligarch Firtash, Serhiy Lyovochkin not going to Vienna, and tel Aviv- welcome Kolomoisky?
Now that Vladimir Zelensky in the lead in presidential rankings, the closest ally of the oligarch Firtash, Serhiy Lyovochkin flew to tel Aviv to welcome Kolomoisky
At the same time “Schemes” managed to capture the visit of Sergey Levochkin in the administration of the President – which, it seems, was carefully hidden.
On behalf of the Bank?
Almost a month before the first round of presidential elections, 6 March 2019, the crew of “Schemes” remarked one of the escort cars of the motorcade Sergei Lyovochkin, who was standing at the entrance to the street Bankova, where the presidential Administration. Another car at the side entrance to the AP.
However, she pulled away after a few minutes after auto journalists stayed in the yard.
Later “Scheme” watched almost an hour of the night opened the gates to the presidential Administration – on the other side. And from the office Poroshenko left the car, which is the former head of Yanukovych’s administration, people’s Deputy Sergei Liovochkin.
From the office Poroshenko left the car, which is the former head of Yanukovych’s administration Serhiy Liovochkin
Could Sergey Levochkin during negotiations with Kolomoiskiy to act not only on its own behalf and on behalf of the oligarch Firtash, but also on behalf of the President of Petro Poroshenko given his nightly visits to the present head of state?
Can testify that Ukrainian oligarchs are once again trying to agree on who will hold the position of the President of Ukraine within the next 5 years?
A year ago in Geneva, “Schema” recorded, like Kolomoisky and his business partner Gennady Bogolyubov came the former head of the presidential Administration Poroshenko and one of the closest associates of the head of state Boris Lozhkin.
A year ago in Geneva to Kolomoisky and his business partner Bogolyubov came the former head of the presidential administration of Ukraine Borys Lozhkin
Then, according to journalists, on behalf Lozhkin, Poroshenko offered to businessmen in exile address issues in the investigation of “PrivatBank” and the safety of assets in exchange for the support of the President, including media.
“Scheme” went to Israel to find the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, who, it seems, in the coming weeks can obtain the largest impact on public policy during their activities – along with the queue wanting to agree with him.
From Geneva to Herzliya
The city of Herzliya in Israel.
The city of Herzliya in Israel, where Igor Kolomoisky moved from Geneva
In this resort town near tel Aviv since September of last year resides Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky.
At its picturesque waterfront Kolomoisky recorded interview with journalist Sonya Koshkina in November last year. And near one of the hotels met the BBC journalist in March this year.
Near one of the hotels in Herzliya Kolomoisky met with a BBC journalist in March 2019
“Schemes” has been identified by the Israeli office of the Ukrainian oligarchs with the help of pictures. It was taken on the terrace of one of the business centers in the business district of Herzliya.
“Schema” found the Israeli office Kolomoisky through photography
Visitors: Director General of “1+1” and a business partner Zelensky
5 April 2019 the crew of “Schemes” noticed General Director of TV channel “1+1” Alexander Tkachenko entered the building previously identified at the business centre.
Director General of TV channel “1+1” Alexander Tkachenko entered the building of the business center, where the office Kolomoisky
It is in the air “1+1” broadcast projects of the Studio “Quarter 95” and the TV series “Servant of the people”, where main character played by Vladimir Zelensky in the way of Basil Goloborodko.
In the office Tkachenko spent more than 3 hours. And a few minutes afterwards there came a man in sunglasses and a white cap.
A man in sunglasses and a white cap – known in Ukrainian politics Yanukovych times face
He is known in Ukrainian politics Yanukovych times face. And this office it will appear again and again.
Subsequently, as a fixed “Schema”, 20 minutes later, the building of the business center has left two men.
One of them is co-owner of the Studio “Kvartal 95”, the business partner of presidential candidate Vladimir Zelensky and business partner and friend of the oligarch Kolomoisky Timur, Mindec.
With the building of the business center came Timur, Mindich – business-partner Zelensky and each oligarch Kolomoisky
Last year the “Scheme” she saw him on the celebration of the anniversary of Kolomoisky in Geneva. In the company, including, and showman Vladimir Zelensky.
Last year showman Vladimir Zelensky arrived in Geneva for a birthday Kolomoisky
It is noteworthy that Zelensky himself ten days ago came to take the test on the vehicle that is registered in Timur Mindich.
Tests Zelensky came by car indica
And with MiniCAM with the office in Herzliya came out and Michael Kiperman – businessman conditional group “Privat”, which leader is Igor Kolomoisky. Men on foot moved to the waterfront.
Together with MiniCAM with the business center came Mikhail Kiperman – businessman conditional group “Privat”, which is considered Igor Kolomoisky
Visitors: former Minister wanted
It was there, on the waterfront, reporters once again noticed a man in a white cap, who earlier came out from the business center, where the office of the oligarch Kolomoisky.
A man in a white cap – Eduard stavytsky, former Minister of the government under President Yanukovych
However, the man was already without the sunglasses. In this “Scheme” out Eduard Stavitsky – ex-Minister of ecology and natural resources and former Minister of energy and coal industry of the government under the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych.
Eduard Stavytskyi left Ukraine after the revolution of dignity
He left Ukraine after the victory of the revolution of dignity. And in March 2014 during searches in premises Stavisky, according to law enforcement, was found forty kilograms of gold, more than four million dollars in cash and more than a dozen valuable hours.
Subsequently, from the Ukrainian police also learned that Eduard Stavitsky received Israeli citizenship, and with it the passport in the name Nathan Rosenberg. He is still hiding from investigators in Israel.
In Ukraine former energy Minister is suspected of abuse of office in disposing of the “Mezhyhirya”. Although he repeatedly stressed that the case against him was fabricated believes, and he in him “sterile”.
In a few days “Scheme” returned to Israel, the building in Herzliya.
Visitors from “Revival”
On 11 April, the journalists noticed that the building came a man – and there he met two more people.
April 11 in the building came a man – and there he met two more people
This man – the MP from the parliamentary group “the Renaissance” Andrey Shipko.
This man is a member of the group “the Renaissance” Andrey Shipko
Later on the same balcony where Kolomoisky posed for photos Israeli newspaper, the crew again noticed his friend and co-owner of the Studio “Kvartal 95” – Timur Mindich.
Timur, Mindich on the balcony in the building where the office is located Kolomoisky
Among the visitors “Scheme” also learned of people’s Deputy of Ukraine and one of the leaders of the parliamentary group “the Renaissance” Vitaly Homutynnik.
Among the visitors reporters learned from one of the leaders of the parliamentary group “the Renaissance” Vitaly Homutynnik
After Homutynnik building left and his colleague in the parliamentary group Andrew SHIPKA. On this day in the Parliament was plenary.
The same evening, about ten, with a Parking garage of an office building left the car “Skoda”. Driving a co – owner of the Studio “Quarter-95” Timur Mindich.
Behind the wheel of Skoda Timur, Mindich
In the passenger seat – the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky.
In the passenger seat – the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky
The car went to the business district of the city of Herzliya in elite area with private estates on the coast. There, on the street of Galle-Thelet, and Igor Kolomoisky lives across the street from his friend Timur Mindich.
Auto MiniCAM and Kolomoisky headed the business area of Herzliya in elite area with private estates
There, on the street of Galle-Thelet, and lives Igor Kolomoisky
The next day, April 12, MP SHIPKA, whom the journalists noticed not for the first time, came back to the building where the office is located Kolomoisky and got out of there in an hour.
12 APR MP SHIPKA once again came to the building where the office is located Kolomoisky
Later near the office Kolomoisky appeared Eduard Stavitskiy was already not one, and with the company.
Eduard Stavitsky came to office not one, but with the company.
And while they were in the building, there once again was in a hurry SHIPKA MP. Later, almost half an hour later, stawicki left the room.
It turns out the Minister is a fugitive for two weeks in a row on Friday visited the business center that housed the office of Igor Kolomoisky. And each time was there more than an hour. And the second came there is not one.
Not one left in the building MP SHIPKA – he came in the company of Timur Mindich.
The Deputy Shipko left the office in company Timur Mindich
The same evening, journalists recorded as from the Parking of the office center has left a key business partner Kolomoisky and former co-owner of the nationalized “Privat” Gennady Bogolyubov.
From the Parking of the office center has left a key business partner Kolomoisky and Gennady Bogolyubov
After Bogolyubov’s office left and the oligarch Kolomoisky with the unknown in the passenger seat. It is noteworthy that Kolomoisky has used the same car “Skoda”, which usually goes, Mindec.
After Bogolyubov to the Parking lot left and the oligarch Kolomoisky
Kolomoisky has used the same car “Skoda”, which usually goes, Mindich
Fuchs: entering Israel – free
April 14 in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Herzliya journalists recorded recently, Russian and now Ukrainian influential businessman Pavel Fuks, which have repeatedly been told “the Scheme”.
In the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Herzliya journalists recorded Paul Fuchs
Ukrainian media said about the Fuchs even in 2015.
Since then, reporters repeatedly wrote about the transition under the control of the businessman of a number of Ukrainian companies, which previously owned the officials of times of Yanukovych.
In particular, the business of gas extraction from the Ukrainian interior.
And although Paul Fuchs denied this information, a number of relevant publications wrote that the control of the infamous “Golden derrick”, which previously belonged to Minister Stavytskyi, passed it to him.
And if Paul Fuchs actually managed to first gain control over the former business of Edward Stavisky, and then another, and eventually to legalize it – at the expense of what made it possible?
Perhaps because Paul Fuchs found a common language with influential Ukrainian officials?
Previously “Diagram” recorded his visits to the Ministry of internal Affairs and the presidential Administration.
In addition, Paul Fuchs has long been friends with Igor Kolomoisky, who seem to have found common ground with the Minister-fugitive Edward stawicki.
And by coincidence, it was Stavisky, according to specialized media, could get into the sphere of influence of the businessman Pavel Fuks.
In December last year in the Ukrainian media appeared information that the businessman Pavel Fuks was not let into Israel. Later in the interview he confirmed this.
However, judging by the fact that the crew met a businessman on the terrace of a five-star hotel in Herzliya, where he lives, Igor Kolomoisky, is this problem already solved.
The evening of the same day, April 14, reporters once again noticed the General Director of “1+1” Alexander Tkachenko, who this time came home to the investor of the TV channel Igor Kolomoisky.
April 14, reporters once again noticed the General Director of “1+1” Alexander Tkachenko, who this time came home to Kolomoisky
It turns out, last week Tkachenko visited the Israeli office Kolomoisky. And this week again flew to Israel to meet with the owner of the TV channel “1+1”.
And the next day, April 15, in an office building, where the office Kolomoisky, attended by the mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes and businessman Pavel Fuks.
April 15 in the office building, where the office Kolomoisky, attended by the mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes and businessman Pavel Fuks
“Schemes” addressed to Igor Kolomoisky for comment regarding the purpose of the visits of the persons mentioned in the business center, where is his office and his house.
“Schemes” addressed to Igor Kolomoisky for comment regarding the purpose of the visits of the persons mentioned
The tycoon confirmed that it came from the deputies group “Revival”. But a meeting with a member Chipcom he explained to his local business interests in the County.
We saw that you were visited by Mr. Khomutynnik, who is your business partner, Mr. Shipko, who is also a member of the parliamentary group…
– “Rebirth”. And majority Deputy in the area where I have a great interest in the businesses that are there. This is the “Nikopol Ferroalloy” and, in my opinion, “Ordzhonikidze GOK”. I am the shareholder. And he’s the MP. And we were just discussing matters of a local character. Nikopol local character. Nikopolska-Ordzhonikidze. More precisely now protection. Nothing more.
Well, you have influence. People came from Kiev or from the Dnieper to you in Israel…
– Listen, well, he didn’t come somewhere in Kamchatka or somewhere in Novosibirsk. They came to Israel, the center of world religions – here is what to do. You can still some personal issues to address, medical. Someone came to pray in Jerusalem. Well, if I’m here – there is nothing wrong or shameful in that we saw them.
The tycoon confirmed that it came from the deputies group “Revival”
But Khomutynnik, according to the oligarch, discussed the prospects of the party “Revival” – to which, said Kolomoisky, he never concealed sympathy.
– Homutynnik we have… You said business partners. Well, we’re business partners, we were to discuss something about business, among other things. What concerns the policy – Yes, he, too, was interested in the fate of the party “Revival” and Deputy group “Revival” – how it will look and what will happen next. Well, everyone is discussing – what kind of electoral system will, for example.
But they come to you to discuss…
– Because we are inside the system. We are, shall we say, indifferent people. I never hid the fact that sympathy of the party “Renaissance” or deputies group “Revival”. Right? And the deputies that are there, I also care about.
But Khomutynnik, according to the oligarch, discussed the prospects of the party “Renaissance”
Recently in the comment to the edition “NV” Khomutynnik said that he would support bills of Vladimir Zelensky in the event of his victory.
At the same time, Kolomoisky strongly objected that he had discussed any business matters with the former Minister Eduard Stavitsky – which “Scheme” twice recorded outside his office.
We have also seen that Eduard Stavitsky came to you…
– Stavitsky living here for six years. We communicate with him.
So he came to you last Friday and last?
– We communicate with him constantly. Every Friday. On Shabbat we communicate with him.
– Well, he before the Sabbath came.
We’ve no business, no business, we always meet on the Sabbath. We have a platform where we celebrate Shabbat. We communicate with him fairly regularly, but no business, no business and do not have any questions related to his issues were not discussed. I mean those that have evolved as a result of his work in the Cabinet, or where he worked. In the Cabinet of Yanukovych.
However, the stawicki denies that communicated with Kolomoysky: first declared that were absent on the days mentioned in Israel. But after the mention of the journalist about what he saw, he began to remember what was possible.
– You have visited on 5 and 12 April, the office of Igor Kolomoisky in Israel. I wanted to ask, for what reasons? Last Friday and last Friday.
– No, this could not be. I was just not in Israel at all.
In Herzliya, you visited, you saw just.
– Have you seen me?
– I don’t know … the 12th may, I went …
Hearing that he was spotted outside the building, where the office Kolomoisky, Eduard Stavitsky began to ask about the details and in every possible way evaded from a direct answer.
– What kind of office? I’m with Mr. Kolomoisky is now not communicated.
– 12 April and 5 April. Somewhere in the afternoon, around 17:00. 5 APR you came, and the 12th was in the company of three men.
– I went to another place. There, on the ground floor, I don’t remember… And there is Mr. Kolomoisky office?
– And on what floor and where?
– At last? Sorry. I can’t help you.
But, as noted by the crew, 12 APR stawicki from the building where the office is located Kolomoisky, left separately – as separate left and oligarch.
12 APR stawicki from the building where the office is located Kolomoisky, left separately
Paul Fuchs has long been friendly with Igor Kolomoisky, who seem to have found common ground with the Minister-fugitive Edward stawicki. And it Stavitsky, according to specialized media, could get into the sphere of influence of the businessman Pavel Fuks. Himself Kolomoisky confirmed “Schemes” that Fuchs arrived in Israel, but was assured that it had not seen.
Himself Kolomoisky confirmed that Fuchs arrived in Israel, but was assured that it had not seen
– There is a company “Golden derrick”, which…
– I to it have no relation. He sold it, I think the Fuchs.
– I wanted to ask. There are Stavitsky and your relationship with Stawicki. Is Pavel Fuks and your relationship… You contributed?
– … and while I have no business interest in the company “Golden derrick”. So if I contributed, I would take a Commission in the form of some interest in the “Golden derrick”. But I didn’t take, so did not contribute to it.
However, the Stavitsky – despite the words Kolomoisky – for some reason insists that has nothing to do with this company.
– With regard to the company “Golden derrick”. If you sold it Paul Fuchs?
– I never had anything to do with this company. It’s all gossip and rumors.
In addition, “Schema” asked Kolomoisky visits Timur Mindich, but the oligarch said that the words that they are “business partners”, too loud: “I’m not as with it business partner, as a partner with Bogolyubov”.
– Mister Zelensky has declared that his presidential campaign was financed, including, “Kvartal Kvartal 95”.
But I am not the owner.
But you have a certain relationship with Mr Indicem.
– Look, it’s completely separate. We have a small business and I was there on the side somewhere.
– Funded by you or affiliated with you people campaign Zelensky?
– No. Mindich is not affiliated with me man. And therefore I will not speak. Financed it directly or if it is their company funded – do not worry. I didn’t Finance and Mindeco money to Finance not allowed. And – as far as I know – also personally gave money.
Kolomoisky on Mindie: I’m not as with it business partner, as a partner with Bogolyubov
However, in response to the question about the visits of Alexander Tkachenko Igor Kolomoisky said that he came to his “family matters”.
– Do you influence the editorial policy of “1+1”? Because we saw that you had a meeting with Mr Tkachenko. He also comes here. Why is he coming?
– You see, he’s here now, and in the office it is not and never will be. He came to his family Affairs. In medical, as far as I know. But I’ve seen or communicated with him. All are very nervous and excited because of our guarantor of the Constitution and defender of freedom of speech to Pyotr Alekseevich.
– That is, your meeting with Alexander Tkachenko can attest to the fact that you influence the editorial policy of “1+1”?
– No. Can’t testify. Because try to influence them. And the more I influence? Well there is no such. It is impossible to do.
And the visit of the mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes, Igor Kolomoisky explained by a simple desire to drink coffee.
Visit Kolomoisky, Kernes explained by a simple desire to have a coffee together
– Also today, come to you Mr. Kernes.
– Mr. Kernes came not today and not me. And came to their health issues. And we have not seen, just decided to drink coffee.
However, according to our sources, the mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes was flown to Israel for one day.
Asked, “Schema” about the former head of Yanukovych’s Administration the people’s Deputy Sergey Levochkin.
– With respect to Mr Lyovochkin. He came…
– This for me was a big surprise. That is, I had never been to a birthday party, and I have appear one time – when I was 55, and here he arrived on the birthday. Well, he came with the Mace together. They communicate.
Igor Palitsa, a close associate of Kolomoisky. He is the former head of the Odessa regional state administration. And now – the Chairman of the Volyn regional Council.
– Many people were. So when Mace says that Liovochkin arrived in Israel, I say: well, okay. I called him and said that they had my birthday. So, come, yet again you’re here, and the birthday come. He came. We had a good time. Fun.
– We understand that Mr. Lyovochkin is a serious player in the political field of Ukraine.
– We understand that he also participated in the meeting, when the fate of the presidency of Petro Poroshenko in Vienna. Here, the candidate Zelensky a leader, you have a birthday and Levochkin no reason, no reason, as you said, it arrives to you in Israel.
– We talked about politics not so much. No attempt, through me, affect Zelensky or somehow something to discuss future, present or something else – it was not. There was not a single attempt.
Other V’s on the air comments are not provided.
Chief editor of “RBK-Ukraine” Sergey Shcherbina explains that the oligarchs see in the elections a convenient opportunity to strengthen its influence: “the Oligarchs, of course, interested to increase its influence on public policy in Ukraine. This effect can be reinforced only through the mediation or the presidential or parliamentary elections.”
A similar opinion was expressed by Executive Director of Bleyzer in Ukraine Oleg Ustenko. He believes that the oligarchs are primarily interested in the levers of influence on economic decisions: “You need to stay in power any way. And not because you want power as power. And you need power in order to have an impact primarily on the economic decisions that are taken in Ukraine. You must, to the extent possible, to control the situation. You should leave the Ukrainian economy is closed,” he says.
Five years ago, according to the participants in the process, a key role in the election victory of the current President Poroshenko played an unofficial agreement with the oligarchs. Today, five years later, on the eve of the second round of presidential elections the leader of the race Vladimir Zelensky has a clear link with one of the oligarchs. The oligarch, who has always had an influence on government decision-making at a high level. The oligarch, who for nearly two years not visit Ukraine because of possible problems with the law because of the investigation about the withdrawal of “PrivatBank”. Oligarch who, having Israeli citizenship, more than six months ago moved from the Swiss Geneva to the state of Israel, which does not extradite its citizens to law enforcement requests. The oligarch, who in a week could gain influence over the highest office in the country. And as Igor Kolomoisky uses this influence depends on visitors its Israeli office.
– Are you planning to advise or influence Zelensky?
– Well, if he decides something to ask me, then I certainly can give him advice. But this – if he has such a need.
I understand that the positions you are not interested. But to influence who will be appointed to these positions, you are planning or not?
– No, I have no such plans. We must be honest with ourselves. If we want the reset – it should start first with yourself. That is, if we influence or pressure, or advise – I mean, make suggestions, from which you can’t refuse – well, then we’ve achieved nothing. Just once cheated forty million people and we will wait for the new drop down.
Staff Zelensky day of the first round of elections
The candidate Zelensky enough money to his presidential campaign to remove any lawyer, but he hired a lawyer who works with Kolomoisky.
And even if to imagine that Kolomoisky will not affect Zelensky, Zelensky will be able to be President without the influence of Kolomoisky?
– Do you plan on people today from their environment or people who are with you in normal relations, to integrate into the new system, if you win Zelensky?
– Look, I don’t think I’ll be the shadow head of state and Eminence Grise.
– That is, the President’s Administration in Herzliya will not move?
– No. And in Herzliya will not move. And in Geneva will not move. That is, it will be on Bankova street in Kiev, if not move on to another address. And the assignment is to carry out – again – the President, in the framework of their powers.
– If you win Zelensky, you return to Ukraine?
– Of course. Well, I had planned to return, but there are now all sorts of occasions. That was not the election of some… I had plans to return to Ukraine between the first and second round, and even before the first round. But because such a sharp political struggle… And in order not to bring confusion and turmoil, I decided to sit here quietly and not annoy anyone in Ukraine.