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PGO Serves Notice Of Suspicion To Businessman Hranovskyi Within Tedis Ukraine Case

PGO Serves Notice Of Suspicion To Businessman Hranovskyi Within Tedis Ukraine Case

PGO, cigarettes, businessman, TEDIS Ukraine, tax evasion, Oleksandr Hranovskyi, Megapolis Ukraine

The Prosecutor General's Office has notified Ukrainian businessman Oleksandr Hranovskyi of his being suspected of tax evasion and establishing bogus companies in the frames of the case against the Tedis Ukraine Company (formerly known as Megapolis Ukraine), a major distributor of cigarettes in Ukraine.

The press service of the Prosecutor General's Office announced this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

The statement reads that detectives and prosecutors of the Prosecutor General's Office served the notice of suspicion to businessman Oleksandr Hranovskyi on May 23.

The pre-trial investigation continues.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on May 5, 2017, the Pecherskyi District Court of Kyiv canceled arrest of banking accounts of the Tedis Ukraine company at PrivatBank and Raiffeisen Bank Aval.

Established in 2011 as the limited liability company Megapolis Ukraine it was renamed in Tedis Ukraine in May 2016.

The company is the largest distributor of cigarettes in Ukraine and its networks consists of 35 regional branches.

On March 31, 2017, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced that law enforcement agencies had carried out over 100 searches within investigation into the case of 'monopoly of the tobacco market of Ukraine'.

The company was accused of tax evasion.

According to Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko, under the influence of Russian citizen Igor Kesayev key positions in Tedis Ukraine LLC were given to persons who agree all decision with a member of board of directors of the Russian closed joint stock company Degtiariov Plant, which is a supplier of weapons to the terrorist organizations known as Donetsk's People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic.

The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has imposed sanctions against Russian citizen Kesayev in kind of prohibition of withdrawal of assets from Ukraine.

The company withdrew from Ukraine through accounts of transiting companies over UAH 2.5 billion in 2015-2017.

Late in 2016, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine fined Tedis Ukraine UAH 431 million for abuse of monopoly, but the company has challenged the fine at a court. It was reported in late April that the company has paid UAH 300 million of fine.