Yanukovych’s embezzler is now a citizen of Israel



2014/11/20 • News

One of the most wanted associates of Viktor Yanukovych, the former energy minister Eduard Stavytskyi, has taken Israeli citizenship and changed his name to Rosenberg, reports journalist and newly elected deputy Serhiy Leshchenko on his blog, November 20.

“According to my sources, Stavytskyi is now Eduard Rosenberg,” Leshchenko writes. Stavytskyi’s wife, Olena, is now Helena Rosenberg.

According to Leshchenko, it was Stavytsky who in 2007 implemented the scheme to steal Mezhyhiria (Yanukovych’s palatial residence near Kyiv — Ed.) and who planted in Yanukovych’s mind the “complex of impunity and unlimited wealth.”

Stavytskyi reached his career heights after the election of Yanukovych when he became minister of the environment and then minister of energy. During the Yanukovych era he obtained some two dozen permits for the development and subsequent extraction of oil and gas for his firm Golden Derrick LLC (for at least 28 fields in Ukraine ! — Ed.)

“When Yanukovych’s regime fell, Stavytskyi tried to negotiate. He began to relate on television how he was an underground partisan-patriot,” Leshchenko says. However, the ex-minister still had to leave the country due to his status as a suspect in the matter of the “misappropriation and embezzlement of an especially large sum of government property  through abuse of power.”

A search conducted at the  Stavytskyi residence after he fled the country uncovered a collection of watches, some of which cost more than $600,000, diamonds, 42 kilograms of gold, and $5 million in cash. He was placed on the Interpol international most wanted list, but reports appeared this summer that he had received Israeli citizenship, which placed him out of reach of Ukrainian justice since Israel does not extradite its citizens.

watches“Therefore, Stavytskyi has escaped unscathed; he was free to live in his new country and the only limitation was the fact that he could not travel abroad since the Ukrainian arrest warrant was in effect there. However. things are even worse that they appeared. Stavytskyi has bought not only freedom but a new life. He is now Eduard Rosenberg,” Leschenko writes.

“Thus a citizen of Ukraine, whose arrest had been authorized worldwide, has transformed himself into a respectable citizen of Israel. With a passport under the name of Eduard Rosenberg, he can travel freely around the globe since he is no longer wanted. That is easy to verify on the Interpol site,” he adds.

According to Leschenko, “the Stavytskyis are now registered in Israel, at  Hahoresh, 101, Kfar Shmaryahu — a respectable suburb of Tel Aviv near the sea coast, consisting mostly of villas.” He encourages readers who live in Tel Aviv to locate and photograph the property.

Meanwhile, Leschenko insists that he and his colleagues will appeal to the Prosecutor General to place Stavytskyi on the Interpol wanted list under his new name. “If we are unable to extract him from Israel, at least we should deprive him of the chance to move freely  around the world and to enjoy the wealth he has looted from Ukraine,” he concludes.

Adapted and translated from Leshchenko’s blog. 

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Pravda

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  • Mykola Banderachuk

    traitors like this should be shot like the dogs they are

  • Michel Cloarec

    Even the russian are afraid of this bandit ! Now Israel has to take care, he will need money or watches !
    I hope his “wealth” is back to Ukrainia´s budget dept !

  • Paul P. Valtos

    Well everyone talks but why doesn’t someone just do it. This again is the mentality carried over from the methods used by the elite Politburo members when it was the USSR. Now the so called oligarchs have assumed the positions. During the Czarist days the nobility held that enviable position and that was one of the reasons for the revolution. Greed conquers all.

  • TheBlogFodder

    Send someone after him.

  • Dirk Smith

    Where is Oleh Dir when you need him.

  • Fred Hernandez

    Ukraine can waste its time pursuing scum like this or actually learn to govern and make changes to its failed form of government. I say look forward and pass frickin reform! It has been almost a year since it took over and it has done nothing. No more excuses or scapegoats!

  • Murf

    Christ it’s Israel. Just pay some idiot to blow him up.
    Shouldn’t cost much.
    600K! For a watch! WTF!

  • Milton Devonair

    So one can be an oligarch, looting their own country, then when you’re going to get caught, flee to Israel and live happily ever after, immune from everything and can enjoy our immense stolen wealth?

    With all the russian criminals that took refuge in israel, he should feel at home indeed.