In Ukraine, the assets of the tour operator TUI were arrested due to links with a Russian billionaire

The assets of the tour operator TUI were seized in Ukraine due to its connection with the Russian billionaire

The corporate rights of one of the largest travel agencies were arrested in Ukraine. The SBU reported this on June 30.

– As the Ukrainian intelligence service has established, the ultimate beneficiary of this company is a Russian billionaire close to the political elite of the aggressor country, the agency's website says.

According to BusinessCensor, this is about Alexey Mordashov, who owns 32% of the travel company TUI Group.

– In the business circles of Russia, this man is called the “iron boy.” He owns one of the largest Russian steel and mining companies and owns controlling stakes in several enterprises. In 2016, the businessman received the distinction “For Benevolence” from the President of the Russian Federation Putin, Mordashov was described in the SBU.

By a court decision, his travel business in Ukraine was arrested. This applies to corporate rights in the form of 100% of the company's authorized capital in the amount of more than UAH 31.5 million. As well as funds in the amount of more than 3 million hryvnia and 106 thousand dollars, which were in bank accounts. The seized assets were transferred to the management of ARMA – the National Agency of Ukraine for the identification, search and management of assets.

The SBU launched a pre-trial investigation under two articles of the Criminal Code: financing actions committed with the aim of forcibly changing or overthrowing the constitutional order or seizing state power, changing the borders of the territory or state border of Ukraine, as well as appropriation, embezzlement or possession of property through abuse of official position.< /p>

Alexey Mordashov is the owner of the Russian holding Severstal. TUI Group is a British-German-Russian company headquartered in Hannover. Mordashov owned about 29.9% of the shares of the largest tour operator in Europe, but after being on the sanctions list, he transferred the package to his wife. On February 28, the European Union imposed personal sanctions against Mordashov, and on June 3 against his wife. On June 2, the billionaire, along with his wife and two sons, was included in the US sanctions list.

In Ukraine, TUI Group worked through TTVC LLC with an authorized capital of UAH 31.5 million. Currently, it is officially issued to the Muscovite Yevgeny Morozov. According to open data, TUI Ukraine started operating in 2009. On February 24, 2022, the company posted on Facebook that all the tour operator's flights had been cancelled. On March 15, the company reported that the tui.ua website would be temporarily unavailable due to “technical reasons.” The company and its employees work partially.

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