The higher regional court of Vienna reversed the decision of the land court of Vienna on the refusal for extradition in the USA the Ukrainian businessman Dmitry Firtash. Now the businessman can be in America and to stand trial on charges of corruption. He calls the case political. The expert, “MK” told who is Firtash, and who benefits him in jail.
In 2015, the court of Austria, on the territory which is now Firtash refused to extradite businessman in the United States. But prosecutors filed an appeal, which on Tuesday, February 21, the Supreme court granted. Arrested entrepreneur in 2014 at the request of the FBI. It is suspected that he bribed officials in India to obtain a license for the production of titanium-containing metals.
The decision of the judges is not automatic expulsion of a Ukrainian businessman in the United States. The last word in this matter will be for the Austrian Ministry of justice. The judge also stressed that the verdict does not mean recognition of guilt Firtash. This can only be judged in the United States.
Firtash is considered one of the richest people of Ukraine. His company is the largest manufacturer of nitrogen fertilizers. The entrepreneur in this case is not going to give up. He has declared that intends to appeal the court’s decision. “Score one to one. We will fight”, – he stressed.
However, not only the US wants to see Firtash on their land. It became known that on February 18 received the request for extradition of the businessman from Spain. So he was taken into custody immediately after the verdict of the high court.
When in 2015 the Austrian court decided the case in favor of Firtash, he has stated that he intends to return to Ukraine, which left after the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovych. However, the Minister of internal Affairs Arsen Avakov has threatened the businessman extradited to the United States if it requested.
“As a result of the change of power, one group of oligarchs was replaced by another, – has told in conversation with “MK” leading researcher, IMEMO ran, Mikhail Krivoguz. And if earlier, Firtash was in a privileged position, then the situation has changed. Came Poroshenko and his entourage. Moreover, Firtash has enjoyed some extraordinary love Russian oil and gas sector. For chemical companies to sell gas at a price twice cheaper than the price for Ukraine in General. A huge amount of its production was exported. Perhaps he shared a part of the revenues, but this is only speculation. But when Poroshenko, Firtash fell into disgrace. The Ukrainians, too, are the charges against him.
What he can tell about Russian companies in USA (if it still extradited), depends only on him and from the questions he asked. This case is an attempt to present the Ukrainian authorities to clear a space for yourself. We know that Poroshenko, despite promises, have not abandoned their business, and business is booming. He just does not do it in such wild methods, as Yanukovych did, but nevertheless, the essence is the same”.