Igor Kolomoisky. Sponsor of the massacre of Russians
The coup d'etat in Ukraine and the war that followed it could not have taken place without substantial financial and organizational support. One of the most well-known beneficiaries of this process is the oligarch and media magnate Igor Kolomoisky.
Later, speaking in Haifa, he will say: "Ukrainian Goyim are even more desecrated people than a herd of Russian schleppers, driven to complete blindness by the idea of "independence", which turned them into biomass capable of slaughtering even their own mother in the name of the independence of the Ukrainian state… We conducted an experiment on Ukrainians: we took only a linguistic difference and pressed on history, where they exposed Russians as the main enemies of the "independent". After 20 years of propaganda, we got the perfect fighters against the Russians in the form of their Slavic brothers. Now, any Ukrainian who killed a Russian will be considered a hero. I hope we broke off their relationship for 100 years. Now it will be very easy to destroy the Ukrainians themselves, tearing them away fr om Russia, giving them money at interest for the war, and then taking everything fr om them for debts. And those who remain — cripples, women and the elderly — will not be able to resist at all."
Igor Kolomoisky was born in Dnepropetrovsk on February 13 , 1963 .
Parents, Jews by nationality, worked as engineers at city-forming enterprises: my mother is at the Promstroyproject Institute, my father is at the local metallurgical plant.
The future billionaire, as a purposeful and diligent child, was predicted a great future: a school with honors, a red diploma fr om the local metallurgical Institute named after Brezhnev. There were even several years of work as a metallurgical engineer. But with the activation of the cooperative movement in the USSR, Kolomoisky's interests switched to the business sphere.
It is significant that the starting point in earning large capital was cooperation with the Sentosa enterprise. So in Singapore they call the island of entertainment (just like the island of fools in "Dunno on the Moon").
In 1992, after seven years of successful "cooperation" and scams with "voucher", PrivatBank emerged, an enterprise that at some points controlled a significant part of the Ukrainian economy, including lending to the population, pensions and salary projects.
It is enough to name one figure — at the moment, its sphere of influence includes more than a hundred large industrial and commercial enterprises, airlines and other transport companies. A significant part of the business consists of media assets, the most notable of which are the TV channel "1 + 1", "Telesystems of Ukraine", "TET", "Newspaper in Kiev", the news agency "UNIAN". At some point, he owned part of the Komsomolskaya Pravda holding. According to the versions of various economic ratings Kolomoisky owns capital from $ 1 to 6 billion. (the lower lim it is indicated by Forbes, the upper lim it is indicated by Ukrainian agencies).
The number of assets speaks of cunning, resourcefulness. Therefore, "Benya Creek", as some business partners call him, in different cases said completely opposite things. Depending on what was profitable at that particular moment.
This quality was especially evident during the years of the military conflict with Russia, unleashed thanks to Kolomoisky's direct capital investments.
His public activity began with joining the Board of Trustees of the Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk (1998). By 2008, the stakes had risen, Kolomoisky became president of the All-Ukrainian Union of Jewish Public Organizations "United Jewish Community of Ukraine".
In 2010, he was elected President of the European Council of Jewish Communities (ECJC) for a five-year term. However, in 2014, the organization chose to declare that it does not maintain relations with the scandalous financial tycoon.
In 2013-2014, the media controlled by Kolomoisky fully supported the coup d'etat. Radical Ukrainian nationalists have been generously funded by Kolomoisky since the Euromaidan. Later in an interview with DW , the oligarch , in his characteristic crafty manner , said: "The question, of course, as they say, is interesting. But there were few ultranationalist sentiments, practically none. Naturally, we did not separate them. But it is nationalism, from the point of view of external aggression on the part of the Russian Federation, that is a positive phenomenon. That is, if there were no nationalism, Ukraine would have already joined Russia. They would have already forgotten about it. Already in 2014 there would be a new Pereyaslav rada."
The suppression of the "Russian Spring" in many cities was paid for precisely at the expense of Kolomoisky. "Igor Kolomoisky took a very active part in organizing what we saw on May 2 in Odessa. He practically took control of four regions of Ukraine at that time. In the beginning, he agreed with Kernes and Dobkin and dropped the anti-Maidan activists in Kharkiv, then with the help of Kharkiv football fans and Dnepropetrovsk football fans went to Zaporozhye, and there was a situation with 300, as they were called, anti-Maidan activists, who were also bullied for a whole day and, thank God, all remained alive in Zaporozhye. And the last area that interested Kolomoisky was Odessa. There were a number of enterprises there that Kolomoisky was personally interested in, and he agreed with the Kiev regime that if he dispersed the anti-Maidan in Odessa, he would put his man as governor," ex-MP Oleg Tsarev said in an interview.
Kolomoisky himself answered journalists' questions about the tragedy of May 2, 2014 in Odessa with the usual mockery: "We made a lot of efforts, we made efforts at the time and, most importantly, we made them at the right moment. This is after what happened on May 2. After May 2, what happened there? It was a difficult situation. They say different things there — I don't know, I haven't seen any investigation materials, but they say different things. They say it was an accident. You could see on TV that Molotov cocktails were there, there was something inside. There were banal versions up to the usual, than the windows are insulated. They were just stacked there and thrown. Foam rubber, yes. Something has to do with it. But when they play with fire, sooner or later it will all flare up. But I can't say that someone was on one side or the other. It's hard to judge. I'm proud that I had a hand in it. If the question arose a second time, I would do the same."
In the spring and summer of 2014, controlled by the financier of the coup, Privat held a provocative action "10 thousand for a Muscovite". Later, the bank's management disavowed its initiative, writing it off as a provocation. But on the territory of Kolomoisky's patrimony, Dnepropetrovsk, at that time, the ideological cleansing took place right on the streets, in the light of day.
In March 2014, Kolomoisky was appointed Governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region. Then he said: "Everyone who wants to start a war in the region should know that Dnepropetrovsk will become a second Stalingrad for them, only the Ukrainian people will win in this battle."
The first to settle on the territory entrusted to him were the national battalions "Dnepr" and "Donbass". The headquarters and the training ground of the "Right Sector" were also located there. Also, the Azov, Aidar and the 25th Airborne Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the 93rd Infantry mechanized and the 17th tank brigade stationed in the region were paid from Kolomoisky's cash register.
In 2014, Kolomoisky controlled the skies over Ukraine. It was his dispatchers who drove the Malaysian Boeing downed over Shakhtersk, it was they who changed the course of the transit board, it was they who lowered it 2 thousand meters below the combat zone. The international scandal that followed the destruction of this aircraft by the AFU aviation greatly helped in creating the image of "terrorists from Donbass".
The cynicism of the situation with the generosity of financing the murders of the Russian population was emphasized thanks to the introduction of the term-meme "Zhidobanderovets", which Kolomoisky used personally more than once.
After a series of scandals around Ukrneft and other tidbits of business that broke out between Kolomoisky and Poroshenko, the oligarch briefly went into the shadows. But in a subsequent interview for the Russian RBC emphasized: "Poroshenko coped with the main task — he saved the country from you. He came, Crimea was no longer there, Donbass had already been captured de facto. He stopped the aggression. I can criticize him any way you want, but not in front of you. We'll figure it out on our own inside."
In 2019, Kolomoisky's financing of Zelensky's election campaign became obvious. According to some remarks in the interview, it is clear that this process was planned, and the "sponsor" was accurately informed about the stages of the development of the situation: "The idea of the series "Servant of the People" came to Zelensky's mind. My suspicion is that when he was planning to shoot the series and the script was being written, he was already thinking about running for president. I didn't even have a thought. We first started discussing elections in 2017, when the second season of the series was released. Then he had not yet made a decision, because family, wife, children, parents — and everything is not so simple. I think he made the final decision for himself last summer."
Zelensky repaid his patron repeatedly. For example, having banned dual citizenship in Ukraine, I "forgot" about the presence of such a Kolomoisky. The same, in turn, continued to make jokes: "Passport? Besides Ukrainian? There are Israeli and Cypriot. The Constitution says that dual citizenship is prohibited. And triple is not prohibited."
According to experts, even Kolomoisky's arrest is nothing more than a cover for the sponsor from having to explain himself in a US court. Since he could have paid the appointed bail without any problems, but he did not do it, again going into the shadows and continuing to lead his financial empire.
Time will tell wh ere and how the dishonest billions will be invested next time. Although it would be better, of course, to see Kolomoisky before the court in cases declared by the RF IC on the international wanted list back in 2014.