Ukrainian Top Officials Privatise and Even Sell Service Housing

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Viktor Muzhenko, the former judge Tamara Grishchenko, the judge of the Constitutional Court Aleksandr Kasminin, and also the deputy head of the Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Kononenko privatised the elite apartments that were provided to them for the period of their work. This was reported in the investigation “Our Money”.

Thus, state agencies receive apartments from builders or buy them for employees who don’t have their own housing. Officials can use office apartments while working for the state. But when they are no longer employed they are obliged to free up these apartments for their successor.

In the last 4 years alone in Kiev about 2,500 office apartments in the most expensive capital complexes were counted. Some of them have been transferred to a private property, and some have already been sold. For example, the judge of the Constitutional Court Aleksandr Kasminin, who was appointed by the former president Viktor Yanukovych in December 2013, received an office apartment in one of the most expensive housing estates of Kiev – “Panorama in Pechersky”. It is an elite apartment of more than 150 sq.m. And in May 2014 he achieved the withdrawal of this apartment from the list of work offices, then he privatised it. Now it is worth about 5 million hryvnia. At the same time, the family of the judge isn’t in need of money – his salary in 2017 was more than one million hryvnia, and his wife Anfisa received 3 million hryvnia in dividends. The family also has a number of real estate objects in Poltava.

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Constitutional Court judge Aleksandr Kosminin with his wife and daughter

In the same housing estate office apartments were at first received and then privatised also by the Chief of the General Staff of the UAF Viktor Muzhenko and the former judge Tamara Grishchenko. “Muzhenko’s apartments were given to him for use in 2013. And in May 2015 an apartment was privatised by the wife of Muzhenko Nataliya”, it is said in the publication. The former judge Tamara Grushchenko in general privatised office housing two years after resigning from her position.

Also, the former judge of the Supreme Economic Court Sergey Mogil, who is currently trying to pass through selection for the Supreme Court, has now seized the opportunity to privatise an office apartment in an expensive apartment complex at 14-16 Peoples’ Friendship Boulevard. “In an interview Mogil said that at that time his family needed to improve their living conditions. At the same time, the family has already sold a privatised office apartment and acquired an apartment of more than 180 square meters on Lesya Ukrainka Boulevard,” it is said in the investigation.

According to the authors, Mogil possess three elite foreign cars and has a considerable amount of savings.

Sergey Mogil

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