Avakov Arsen Borysovych

Avakov Arsen Borysovych

Сategory Domestic Politically Exposed Person
Date of birth
Place of birth Baku, Azerbaijan
Last position Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Member of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine - Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
Risk level
3.33
risks
  1. amount of companies that have not been declared as beneficial ownership, while pep.org.ua registry has information about such beneficial ownership - 2

  2. overall amount of cash owned by declarant and family members is 3 723 529,98 UAH

  3. number of kids mentioned in the declaration : 0 , while pep.org.ua database includes information about: 1

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Connections to individuals
Name Type of connection Period
personal relationships
personal relationships
son
wife
personal relationships 2012—2014
personal relationships
personal relationships
personal relationships
personal relationships
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business relationships
personal relationships
business relationships
Confirmed: May 16, 2018 Інформація ЄДРПОУ
personal relationships
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personal relationships
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personal relationships
personal relationships
personal relationships
business relationships
personal relationships
personal relationships
personal relationships
business relationships
personal relationships
business relationships
personal relationships
personal relationships
personal relationships 2012—2014
personal relationships
personal relationships
business relationships
business relationships
personal relationships 2012—2014
personal relationships
personal relationships
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Connections to legal entities
Name Type of connection Code
customer ΗΕ68405
customer ΗΕ159801
Beneficial owner
Former Founder/shareholder 19358916
Former Founder/shareholder 31799236
Former Founder/shareholder 40367946
Founder 26356326
Founder 22627857
Joint ownership 33900501
ownership FR02711880605
Beneficial owner HE362897
Beneficial owner HE362892
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Income and expenditures
Year Position Declarant's income, UAH Family income, UAH Expenses and other transactions of the declarant, UAH
2018

Міністерство внутрішніх справ України, Міністр

6 048 683,00 6 310 539,00
2017

Ministry of internal Affairs of Ukraine, Minister

1 082 323,00 57 520 426,00
2016

Ministry of internal Affairs of Ukraine, Minister

488 921,00 302 188,00
2015

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Minister

1 678 414,00 2 417 153,00 1 212 548,00
2015

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Minister

1 678 414,00 2 417 153,00 1 212 548,00
2015

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Interior Minister of Ukraine

1 678 414,00 2 417 153,00 Not applicable
2014

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Interior Minister of Ukraine

222 395,00 20 216,00 Not applicable
2013

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Minister

282 457,00 716 800,00 Not applicable
2011

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine , Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

457 852,00 200 629,00 Not applicable
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Monetary assets:
Declarant Family
Year Asset type UAH USD EUR Other UAH USD EUR Other
2018 Deposits 1 726 954,00 189 626,00 148 232,00 141 434,00 389 891,00 1 483 644,00
2018 Cash 14 000,00 10 000,00 55 000,00 GBP 4 550,00
CAD 1 900,00
JPY 96 000,00
AUD 300,00
145 000,00 35 000,00 30 000,00
2018 Other 200 000,00
2017 Deposits 1 365 476,00 182 899,00 1 191 754,00 2 185 172,00 1 463 333,00
2017 Cash 25 000,00 10 000,00 60 200,00 CAD 1 900,00
JPY 96 000,00
140 000,00 35 000,00 21 000,00
2017 Other 200 000,00
2016 Deposits 964 944,00 175 804,00 1 092 525,00 221 980,00 3 447,00
2016 Cash 15 000,00 12 800,00 65 000,00 GBP 870,00
CAD 3 015,00
JPY 96 000,00
40 000,00 37 000,00 21 000,00
2016 Other 200 000,00
2015 Deposits 232 327,00 148 640,00
2015 Cash 265 000,00 178 000,00 118 000,00 GBP 2 100,00
1 300 000,00 275 000,00 30 000,00
2015 Other 200 000,00
2015 Deposits 232 327,00 148 640,00
2015 Cash 265 000,00 178 000,00 118 000,00 GBP 2 100,00
1 300 000,00 275 000,00 30 000,00
2015 Other 200 000,00
2015 Deposits 232 328,00 148 640,76
2014 Deposits 118 278,00
2013 Deposits
2011 Deposits 91 471,00 210 326,00
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Financial liabilities
Year Declarant's total, UAH Household (family) total, UAH
2018 UAH UAH
2017 EUR 148 423,00
UAH 5 051 600,00
2016 EUR 148 423,00
UAH 5 051 600,00
EUR 1 450 000,00
2015 UAH UAH 5 051 600,00
EUR 1 450 000,00
2015 UAH UAH 5 051 600,00
EUR 1 450 000,00
2015 UAH 1 212 548,00
UAH 156 900,00
2014 UAH
UAH
2013 UAH
UAH
2011 UAH
UAH
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Gifts, prizes, winnings:
Year Declarant's total, UAH Household (family) total, UAH
2018
2017
2016
2015
2015
2015
2014 609,00
2013 700 000,00
2011
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Real estate of declarant and family:
Year Land Residential buildings Apartments Other real estate
2018 1200.0 sq. m (1) 784.2 sq. m (3) 77.6 sq. m (1)
2017 1200.0 sq. m (1) 784.2 sq. m (3) 77.6 sq. m (1)
2016 1200.0 sq. m (1) 784.2 sq. m (3) 77.6 sq. m (1)
2015 1200.0 sq. m (1) 784.2 sq. m (3)
2015 1200.0 sq. m (1) 784.2 sq. m (3)
2015 1200.0 sq. m (1) 786.8 sq. m (3)
2014 1200.0 sq. m (4) 786.8 sq. m (3)
2013 1200.0 sq. m (3) 786.8 sq. m (3)
2011 1200.0 sq. m (1) 992.46 sq. m (4)
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Vehicles:
Year Declarant Family
2018
2017
2016
2015
2015
2015
2014
2013
2011
  • Mercedes-Benz GL500 5461 куб.см, 285 кВт, 509 см 2010
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Criminal record and sanctions:

On 26 January 2012, a criminal case was initiated against Arsen Avakov upon the fact of abuse of power and office which caused severe consequences (part 3 of Article 365 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

On 31 January 2012, he was charged for adoption illegal decision to change the designation of two land plots with a total area of 55 ha, which were the property Ukrskladbud-Center LLC, in 2009 when he held the position of the Head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration. The designation of the plots was changed from agricultural use lands to the lands for industrial use, which as a result gave the possibility for the enterprise to use the land without compensating local budget the losses of agricultural production in the amount 3,2 million UAH that incurred losses to state interests in the indicated amount.

Avakov was not responding to summons of investigator. According to information of State Border Service, on 21 September 2011 he left the territory of Ukraine on the plane  from Kyiv to Vienna and did not come back.

On 31 January 2012, Avakov was put on the international wanted list. On the same day Chervonozavodskiy Court of Kharkiv (judge Olena Soroka) chose a preventive measure for Avakov in the form of detention.

Official biography of Arsen Avakov reads, that from September 2011 till December 2012 he was in political emigration in Italy due to criminal prosecution by Yanukovych’s regime for his opposition activities. Request of Ukraine submitted to Interpol for extradition of Arsen avakov was rejected by Roman Appellate Court on 18 October 2012. Decision of the court stated the political character of the case and established selectivity of justice.

Case against Avakov’s son

On 7 July 2015, Military Prosecutor’s Office registered criminal proceedings No. 42015000000001349 on possible embezzlement of state funds during the procurement of backpacks by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (contracts of 25 February 2015). As of March 2016, the case was investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine.

On 31 October 2017б detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine took Arsen Avakov’s son Оlexander Avakov in custody upon suspicion in incitement of the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Serhiy Chebotar to embezzlement of funds by abuse of office committed by prior conspiracy in particularly large amounts. The third suspect was the Kharkiv entrepreneur Volodymir Lytvyn.

On 1 November 2017, the court chose a preventive measure for Oleksandr Avakov in the form of a personal obligation. (text of court decision).

According to the version of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of UkraineOleksandr Avakov as a private person organized procurement of backpacks for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. Along with this, he took advantage of personal relations with the Deputy Ministry of Internal Affairs Serhiy Chebotar

According to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, at the moment of procurement warehouses of the Ministry of Internal Affairs had 2 000 unused backpacks. Avakov-junior have seemingly made an agreement on production of backpacks with an entrepreneur Volodymir Lytvyn, who in his turn, engaged Dniprovend LLC, which seemed to be fraudulent, to participation in the negotiations procedure in the course of procurement by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. 

Thanks to connections of the suspect Avakov Dniprovend LLC received a contract for procurement of 5 000 backpacks at a price 2 899 UAH per piece. The contract was annexed with a list of requirements to backpacks regarding their size, fiber, pockets, valves, orthopedic properties etc. According to the version of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, Dniprovend LLC, which won the contract, in fact, existed only for exchange of documents. In reality, backpacks were sawn by a rule of thumb by several private entrepreneurs, as well as enterprises of the penitentiary system. From March to May 2015, private entrepreneur Lytvyn had in fact supplied the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine with 5 000 backpacks, that according to the documents had allegedly been supplied by the Dniprovend. Ministry of Internal Affairs accepted the backpacks and paid Dniprovend nearly 14.5 million UAH which later through a number of fake enterprises were converted to cash.

On 3 August 2016, detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine received a conclusion of Kyiv Scientific and Research Institute of Forensic Expertise. According to the conclusion, backpacks procured by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, by most of the characteristics of constructional details and elements, did not meet the technical requirements to the procurement.

According to the conclusion of the the judicial commodity expertise, backpacks procured by the Ministry of Internal Affairs were sawn by the rule of thumb and had defects. Market price of the backpacks that were in fact supplied as of February 2015 amounted to 555 UAH without VAT.

As a result, Ministry of Internal Affairs received poor quality products that did not meet the requirements set by the Ministry itself, having spent 14.5 million UAH of budget money.

On 31 January 2012, Arsen Avakov was put on the international wanted list within a criminal case on abuse of power and office during his tenure as the Head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration, namely for change of designation of 55 ha of land plots. Later the case was closed. Avakov himself considers this a political prosecution by Yanukovych’s regime. 

more information is available in Ukrainian version of the dossier
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Career:
Period Position
Aug. 29, 2019 — Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Member of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine - Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
Aug. 29, 2019 — Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Minister
April 14, 2016 — till Aug. 29, 2019 Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Interior Minister of Ukraine
April 14, 2016 — till Aug. 29, 2019 Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Member of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine - Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
Feb. 27, 2014 — till April 14, 2016 Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Member of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine - Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
Dec. 12, 2012 — till March 17, 2014 Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukrainian Parliament), Member of Parliament of Ukraine of the 7th Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, the All-Ukrainian Union Batkivshchyna
Political Party "People's Front", Member
Feb. 4, 2005 — till Feb. 9, 2010 Kharkiv Regional State Administration, Head
1990 — till Feb. 4, 2005 JSC "Investor", President
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Dossier:

Biography

According to official data on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in 1988 Avakov graduated from Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute, his major was automated control systems, system engineer. Having graduated from Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute he worked as an engineer in VNDIOV (Kharkiv city).

In 1990 he founded one of the first joint-stock companies in Ukraine Investor JSC, where he held the position of the President.

Main commercial interests of Investor JSC were focused on such spheres of economy as finances, gas extraction, production of heat and electricity, production and processing of agricultural products, production of food, distribution, and media business.

Bank “Basis”, founded in 1992, became the financial center of the holding. The biggest enterprises founded by Investor JSC are oil extraction company Investor-Naftogas», bakery plant Saltiv, tea factory Ahmad Tea, Heat and Power-3, network of supermarkets Vostorg, and company Investor Elite Bud.

In 2002, representative office of Investor JSC was opened in Italy, which entered the European market of mozzarella cheese production.

Media assets of holding Investor JSC were TV-channels “ATN”, “Channel 7”, “A/TVK”; publishing house “Investor”, newspaper “Semen” and “Pyatniza”, radio “Nova Khvylia” and “L-FM”.  

As of 2004 assets of Investor JSC were estimated by the experts (in particular, of Focus magazine) at more than 300 million USD.

POLITICAL CAREER

In 2002, Arsen Avakov was elected as member of executive committee of Kharkiv City Council.

During the presidential election campaign in Ukraine in 2004 he was deputy head of Kharkiv regional headquarters of presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko, first deputy head of Kharkiv regional National Rescue Committee.  

In March 2005 he was elected to the Council of party People’s Union “Nasha Ukraina” as member of the Presidium of the party.

On 4 February 2005 he resigned as the President of Investor JSC.

On 4 February 2005 by Decree of the President of Ukraine he was appointed to the office of Head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration.

On 9 February 2010, protesting against systemic steps of Viktor Yuschenko to support Viktor Yanukovych at presidential elections, he resigned from office of the Head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration according to part 3 of Article 31 of the Law of Ukraine “On Civil Service” (Principal disagreement with the decision of a state body or official, as well as ethical barriers to staying in the public service).

On 21 April 2010, he joined the party “Batkivshchyna” and accepted proposal of Yuliya Tymoshenko to take the position of the Head of Kharkiv Regional Organization of political party “Batkivshchyna” (Yulia Tymoshenko’s Block). He was the Member of Political council of the party.

In October 2010, he was running for Kharkiv city mayor. According to the exit polls, he received the majority of votes, however, as a result of unlawful manipulations with election ballots he was not officially recognized as the winner. According to the information of international human rights organization Freedom House, due to massive violations it was Gennadiy Kernes who became Kharkiv city mayor.

He was deputy of Kharkiv regional council of 5th and 6th convocations.

From September 2011 till December 2012 he was in political emigration in Italy due to criminal prosecution by Yanukovych’s regime for political activity. Request of Ukraine submitted to Interpol for extradition of Arsen Avakov was rejected by the Roman Appellate Court on 18 October 2012. Decision of the court stated the political character of criminal prosecution of Avakov and established selectivity of justice. 

On 28 October 2012, during parliamentary elections Arsen Avakov was elected to Parliament of Ukraine of 6th convocation on multi-mandate constituency. He was 24th in the elections list of a political party All-Ukrainian Association “Batkivshchyna”.

In the Parliament, he held the position of the Head of Sub-committee on Legislation regarding the status of a Member of Parliament of Ukraine of the Committee of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Rules of Parliamentary Procedure, Deputy Ethics and Support of Activities of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

He was the member of the permanent delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation. 

He was Active participant of the Revolution of Dignity (EuroMaidan) in 2013-2014 in Kyiv. He was called one of the commandants of EuroMaidan.

On 27 February 2014, he was appointed to the office of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine as Member of the Cabinet of Ministers led by Arseniy Yatseniuk. On 13 March 2014, he submitted to the specialized committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine a letter of resignation as a Member of Parliament.

On 26 August 2014, Arsen Avakov left the political party “Batkivshchyna” and announced the creation of a new political party “Narodnyi Front, where he later became a member of the management board.

On 26 October 2014, during extraordinary parliamentary elections he was elected as Member of Parliament of Ukraine from the party “Narodnyi Front” under number 6.

On 2 December 2014, he was re-appointed by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the position of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in the Cabinet of Ministers led by Arseniy Yatseniuk.

On 7 November 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law of Ukraine “On the National Police of Ukraine”, which provided for the cessation of the militia and radical reform of all units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.  

On 14 April 2016, Arsen Avakov was for the third time approved by the Verkhovna Rada for the position of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in the Cabinet of Minister led by Volodymir Groysman.

BUSINESS-INTERESTS

In 2012, the National Bank of Ukraine introduced a temporary administration in Commercial Bank “Basis” JSC  and recalled its banking license. Basis started the procedure of liquidation. This happened after a criminal case was initiated against Avakov and he fled to Italy in the so called political emigration.

On 21 October 2014, Kyiv Appellate Administrative Court kept in force the decree of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv of 14 August 2014 on the cancellation of the Decree of the National Bank of Ukraine on recalling the banking license and appointment of the liquidator of the Bank Basis. The decision was adopted based on the appeal of lawyers of Avakov’s wife. 

Journalists recorded, that as of the end of 2015 the controlling block of shares of “Basis” belonged to a little known company Bio-M from the front-line city of Bakhmut. Its founder is Eugene Pylypenko, whose son Yuriy has previously worked at Basis as a security guard. After that numerous realty objects were re-registered from the property of the bank to Zuma Invest Capital LLC. Cost of this realty amounted to millions and could cover expenses incurred by the state on the indemnity of the depositors of "Basis".

Founder of Zuma Invest Capital LLC is the company Zumaville Holdings Limited registered in Cyprus at the very same business-center as Ulisse Management Limited and Fontana Management Limited, beneficiary of which is Arsen Avakov since November 2016.

On 27 July 2017, by the decision of an Economic Court of Donetsk Region the case on bankruptcy of  Basis JCB  was initiated. A lawyer Ihor Mykhalyov became initiator of the bankruptcy procedure.

In October 2014, Inna, wife of the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, has issued an option to buy out a share in the firm Astra Finance from the official owners of the TV channel “Espresso TV”, which owns a digital license of the TV channel. This could be seen from the declaration of the Minister. Obligation was estimated at 5.05 million UAH.

Inna Avakova owned the channel together with Arseniy Yatseniuk and Larysa Kniazhytska, wife of a Member of Parliament Mykola Kniazhytskiy from the party “Narodnyi Front . However, on 30 December 2017 Espresso TV informed that Arsen Avakov’s wife and Arseniy Yatseniuk sold their shares to the company of Ivan Zhevago, son of the oligarch and Member of Parliamet Kostyantyn Zhevago. According to the declaration for 2017, Inna Avakova sold her share in Astra Finance LLC for 55.8 million UAH to the company Atmosphere Entertainment Inc (New York, USA).

One of Arsen Avakov's oldest associates is the Member of Parliament Ihor Kotvitskiy, known for the fact that in July-August 2015 he transferred 40 million USD to account of Kingston Group from Panama. Parliament member Serhiy Leshchenko suggested, that money in fact belonged to Avakov who planned to use them for developing his own political career. Prosecutor’s Office in Kyiv did not find event of a crime in this transaction. Kotvitskiy explained that he was repaying a debt.

Besides that, journalists established, that companies associated with Kotvitskiy as of 2016 started receiving special permits for extraction of minerals in different regions of Ukraine. These are Ukrainian Rare Metals LLCKharkivenergoprom LLCVostok-Energoresurs LLCNuclear Power Systems of Ukraine LLC. In 2015, their founder was Roman Druzhbin, who was the business-partner of Oleksandr Pavliuchenko, who has an assistant to Member of Parliament Kotvitskiy. 

In 2015, Minister’s son Oleksandr Avakov appeared in the center of the scandal when journalists informed that Oleksandr bought an apartment in Kyiv with a total area of 375 sq.meters. Its price was 4.4 million UAH.

Minister Avakov explained that his son was a businessman who also managed assets that was transferred to him after his father entered the civil service. Minister told that his son had business in Italy, Lithuania, and Ukraine, but did not name the companies.

According to the state registers, in Ukraine Avakov’s son controls Investor PJSCTrust Company of Avakov LLCKarst-8 PEFoundation for Development of Mass MediaPublishing House "Investor" LLCInvestor Elite Service SE.

In November 2016, journalists informed that Arsen Avakov resides in the “Fortress”. This is a complex of special objects of the Ministry of Internal Affairs with a special regime of activity. There is a reserve center of control of unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, access to governmental special communications, and complex of technical protection of information. Along with this, he did not declare that he was using this building.

According to information from the website “Nashi Groshi, in 2017 Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov became the owner of a villa on the Mediterranean coast of Italy.

On 03 February 2017, Ferdico S.R.L received a state act of ownership of the villa on Batterie street in Italian municipality San Felice Circeo, Lazio region, Latina province (via delle Batterie, San Felice Circeo, Lazio, Latina, Italy). A company Ferdico S.R.L belongs to the firm of Avakov Avitalia s.r.l. .

Villa has 26 rooms in the building with a total area of 566 sq. meters on the ground and first floors together with the basement. According to journalists, an estimated cost of this realty, as calculator on the website avvocatoandreani.it  shows, amounts to nearly 774,000 EUR.

During the takeover by the company Avitalia s.r.l. authorized capital of Ferdico S.R.L amounted to 30,000 EUR. Thus, Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine became the owner of realty worth 774,000 EUR for 30,000 EUR.

Google Maps displays a house with a pool at this address.

In his comments to Ukrainska Pravda, Arsen Avakov explained that this has been one of the business-projects of his wife. According to him, the building is to become a mini-hotel and has been purchased with a loan and the funds of the company Avitalia s.r.l.

more information is available in Ukrainian version of the dossier

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Bank accounts:
Bank Taxpayer's number Status
1781530603 client of the bank
23494714 Bank customer
00032129 Bank customer
00032112 Bank customer
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other spellings of name

Avacov Arsen Borysovych

Аваков Арсен Борисович

Awakow Arsen Borysowytsch

Avakov Arsen Borysovych

Avakov Arsen Borȳsovȳch

Avakov Arsen Borysovyč

Avakov Arsen Borysovytch

Avakov Arsen Borisovich

Avakov Arsen Borisovič