OCCRP: Pandora Papers reveal offshore holdings of Zelensky and his inner circle

Editor’s Note: This investigation was published on Oct. 3, 2021, by the Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project, a Kyiv Post partner.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rode to power on pledges to clean up the Eastern European country, but the Pandora Papers reveal he and his close circle were the beneficiaries of a network of offshore companies, including some that owned expensive London property.

Key findings:

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his partners in comedy production owned a network of offshore companies related to their business based in the British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, and Belize.
  • Zelensky’s current chief aide, Serhiy Shefir, as well as the head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Ivan Bakanov, were part of the offshore network.
  • Offshore companies were used by Shefir and another business partner to buy pricey London real estate.
  • Around the time of his 2019 election, Zelensky handed his shares in a key offshore company over to Shefir, but the two appear to have made an arrangement for Zelensky’s family to continue receiving money from the offshore.

(c) KyivPost


  • So we are to believe Zelensky is going to fight corruption, and especially the oligarchs, when he behaves just like them?

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    • What is he supposed to have done wrong? It is not illegal to keep money offshore. What is illegal is thieving and money laundering and I don’t believe he is guilty of that.
      I doubt if there are any senior western politicians who don’t use offshore facilities.

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      • What is a strange coincidence, the guy looking after Zelensky’s money was the target of an assassination attempt last week.

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        • Tomorrow i will get me a copy of Windows 11. Let’s hope the store works better and the permanent updates are reduced. My Windows 10 lasted only two weeks since i installed it. It downloaded so many updates until nothing worked no more and i had to re-install. Windows 8.1 works fine, but Intel did not release any HD drivers for my device that would work with Windows 8.1, so i am doomed to either stick with this crappy Windows 10 or hopefully a better Windows 11. 😔

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  • Zelensky and Biden are lost years. They will not change anything to the better, only make things worse. Zelensky is deeply connected to the israeli and tatar mafia, in particular Kolomoisky and Akhmetov. If you don’t have an independent justice, there’s little to be done to stop these corrupt whores. Let’s hope the ukrainian people will vote the corrupt clown into the ground next elections!

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