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Pandora Papers Reveal Offshore Holdings of Ukrainian President and His Inner Circle

Still from 'Servant of the People,' the satirical comedy show starring Volodymyr Zelenskiy in the lead as the Ukrainian president prior to his real-life 2019 election to the post of President of Ukraine. PHOTO: The Guardian/Kvartal 95

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.

  • 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 country’s Security Service, 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.

By Elena Loginova | 3 October 2021

ORGANIZED CRIME AND CORRUPTION REPORTING PROJECT — Actor Volodymyr Zelensky stormed to the Ukrainian presidency in 2019 on a wave of public anger against the country’s political class, including previous leaders who used secret companies to stash their wealth overseas.

Now, leaked documents prove that Zelensky and his inner circle have had their own network of offshore companies. Two belonging to the president’s partners were used to buy expensive property in London.

The revelations come from documents in the Pandora Papers, millions of files from 14 offshore service providers leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and shared with partners around the world including OCCRP.

The documents show that Zelensky and his partners in a television production company, Kvartal 95, set up a network of offshore firms dating back to at least 2012, the year the company began making regular content for TV stations owned by Ihor Kolomoisky, an oligarch dogged by allegations of multi-billion-dollar fraud. The offshores were also used by Zelensky associates to purchase and own three prime properties in the center of London.

The documents also show that just before he was elected, he gifted his stake in a key offshore company, the British Virgin Islands-registered Maltex Multicapital Corp., to his business partner — soon to be his top presidential aide. And in spite of giving up his shares, the documents show that an arrangement was soon made that would allow the offshore to keep paying dividends to a company that now belongs to his wife. […]

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    GOOGLE: Klaus Schwab, Putin and the Great Reset
    Ukrainian President Zelenskyy is linked to Klaus Schwab, Justin Trudeau and other globalist elites.
    Like Trudeau, Zelensky is an acolyte of the World Economic Forum.
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was one of the reasons he got into politics.
    After leaving his career as a comedian and entertainer and becoming president of Ukraine in April 2019, Zelensky hailed Trudeau as “one of those leaders who inspired him” to join politics” when he became president of Ukraine in 2019.
    Although Zelensky has made a name for himself from relative obscurity from the West’s perspective since the Russian-Ukrainian conflict made international news last week, his admiration for Trudeau is less surprising when examining his past.
    Like Trudeau, Zelensky is an acolyte of Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum, the globalist organization behind the now infamous “Great Reset” program, which tells the world that in 2030 “you will have nothing and be happy…”

    The massive support for Zelensky by the elite, including support from “defund the police” and leftist mega-donor Black Lives Matter, George Soros, Trudeau, U.S. President Joe Biden, and the entire mainstream media, has led many to question the true motivation behind the West’s condemnation of Russia and the fear that another foreign war involving the West is underway.
    On Tuesday, for example, Ukrainian journalist Daria Kaleniuk made an emotional plea to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, asking him to order NATO to go to war in Ukraine. After the event was hailed in the Western media, reports emerged that Kaleniuk was not only a journalist, but a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and leading Soros-backed initiatives across Eastern Europe.

    While many are skeptical of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his former ties to the KGB, treatment of the other side of the conflict seems to be absent in the media, which has many concerned given the radical nature of the WEF and its Great Reset goals.
    The Great Reset is a radical socialist plan designed by global elites to “reboot” the world economy and install a centralized, and heavily regulated, totalitarian international system similar to China’s Social Credit System.

    In fact, WEF founder and chairman Klaus Schwab has consistently praised China’s Communist President Xi Jinping, including a statement this year telling the Chinese leader that his dictatorial regime had made “significant social and economic achievements” under his “inclusive approach.” Schwab’s praise and reference to China as an “inclusive” country comes despite evidence that China commits genocide against its Uighur Muslim population, conducts a massive organ-harvesting program, and has been labeled by critics as a “first-world nightmare.” A truly totalitarian state.

    From a purely strategic point of view, with an emphasis on keeping deaths and injuries to a minimum, there are also those who reject the idea of Western involvement in the war, as this could serve to exacerbate the conflict, not end it.

    According to U.S. public affairs consultant J. Robert Smith, the West should reject U.S. and NATO military involvement in Ukraine at this time, which, in his view, would only worsen the already tumultuous and deadly situation.

    “The terrible impact of major wars at their inception is often underestimated. Take the Civil War, for example. Few people, South or North, imagined that the war would claim between 600,000 and 850,000 lives, according to estimates. At the outbreak of World War I, neither side foresaw a staggering 40 million casualties, military and civilian, in that pointless conflict,” Smith wrote.
    “Who really believes that a war between the U.S., NATO and Russia could be limited to Ukraine? Wars are inherently unpredictable; they have their own dynamics. Whether by design or by mistake, the consequences for NATO countries seem like a smart bet. Why wouldn’t Putin attack enemy targets beyond Ukraine’s borders? Why wouldn’t the U.S. and NATO retaliate, if they don’t start?”

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