Austrian police arrested a Ukrainian businessman based on US request. He owns the only media outlet in Ukraine, Inter, which enlightens all the aspects of the illegal ousting of the President.

March 16, 2014   ·   0 Comments

Though the US said that his arrest is not connected to the recent developments in Ukraine, one may question the truthfulness of this statement.

After all, when the newly empowered Ukrainian Prime Minister gave a press conference with Obama after their meeting, Russian media outlets were not allowed to attend – why? Is Obama afraid to hear questions he wouldn’t be able to answer without lying?  

Local media identifying the suspect as top oligarch Dmytro Firtash, a backer of ousted president Viktor Yanukovych.

“On the evening of March 12 a Ukrainian citizen (Dmytro) F., 48, was arrested in Vienna… by officers from the organised crime unit and EKO-Cobra,” an armed response unit, police said in a statement.

“A national arrest order was issued for the businessman on the basis of several years of investigation by the US FBI and an arrest warrant” by a US court, the statement added.

The Austria Press Agency named the suspect as Firtash, a chemicals tycoon who co-owns the Inter television channel and who is one of Ukraine’s most prominent oligarchs. The news agency said he was arrested on a street near his company’s offices in Vienna.

Reported to be Ukraine’s fourth-richest man with a fortune of more than $3 billion (2.2 billion euros), Firtash was considered a key supporter of former president Yanukovych, who was ousted by pro-European protesters last month.

Firtash, who like Yanukovych hails from the Russian-speaking part of Ukraine, controls the Austrian-based Ostchem Holding company, which holds exclusive rights to import into Ukraine gas from Central Asia.

Ukrainian media reported that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation suspects Firtash of being closely linked to the Ukrainian-born Russian mafia kingpin Semion Mogilevich.

Mogilevich is on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. He lives freely in Moscow and is believed to have close contacts to both the Russian capital’s former mayor Yury Luzhkov and top figures in the Ukrainian security service.



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