Ex-Commander of Aidar Among the 20 Richest People in the World

Translated by Ollie Richardson



The former commander of the nationalist “Aidar” battalion – people’s Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Sergey Melnychuk, could take 12th place in the ranking of the richest people in the world, compiled annually by the magazine Forbes.

Melnychuk specified in the declaration on income for 2015 that he made $38.7 billion (a trillion hryvnia) with a salary of almost $2,900 (73,500 UAH). According to the Declaration, the Deputy owns a Jeep Grand Cherokee 1994 model and a “GAZ 2411” from 1988, and also a flat of 65 square meters and land in Vinnytsia region with an area of 2.45 million square meters.

The income of the Deputy would allow him, on the Forbes list, to go ahead of the Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who this year earned 38.5 billion dollars, and leave behind the American billionaire George Soros, who occupies 28th place in the ranking with $24.9 billion dollars.

At the same time the amount specified in the declaration is almost two and a half times greater than the gold (international) reserves of Ukraine, which at the end of September reached $14.5 billion.

However, as the Ukrainian media reported, it is unknown whether Melnychuk actually has the specified amount. Thus, “Ukrainian Pravda” suggests that the Deputy may have made a mistake when filling in the electronic declaration or it was a joke.

As the website recalls, earlier the people’s Deputy of Ukraine Vladimir Parasyuk declared his wristwatch, “which was brought by Saint Nicholas.” According to the website, the section “Description of property” contained the following text: “Watch. Gift. PS. brought by Saint Nicholas. But cannot say for sure because I was asleep.”

Melnychuk left the post of commander of “Aidar” and is now a member of the Ukrainian Parliament. Last summer, the Verkhovna Rada deprived him of immunity and gave consent to bring him to criminal liability.

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