At the initiative of the head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on energy Andrei Gerus, Ukraine resumed imports of electricity from Russia, the media claim that this was done in the interests of the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky.
According to “Apostrophe”, this is stated in the material I Europeenne de Bruxelles “Why the oligarch Kolomoisky helps Putin to lift the sanctions for the annexation of Crimea?”.
The author notes that after the aggression of Russia, Ukraine imposed sanctions and stopped the import of electricity. But in September 2019, the Parliament adopted the “amendment of Gerus”, which allowed the import of current Belarus and Russia. While the country does not need it, since Ukraine has a large surplus capacity in electricity production.
“A very strange thing to do, because Ukraine does not need to import electricity. It has cheap electricity from nuclear power plants, most of its exports to Europe. The largest shipments were in Hungary, Poland and Moldova. For 2018, Ukraine earned on export of electricity $331,9 million And, approximately, the same can earn on the export of electricity in 2019. Why her electricity from Russia?” — asks the author.
In his opinion, the answer lies in who proposed an amendment and have benefited from its adoption. The author States that the amendment authorizing the import of electricity from Russia, was introduced at the initiative of the head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on energy and utilities Andrei Gerus, which experts believe a lobbyist for the interests of the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky.
“The President of the Association of energy of Ukraine Alexander Trohimets writes in Facebook that Andrew Gerus is associated with the oligarch Kolomoisky. This is one of the richest businessmen in Ukraine. According to the rating of “Focus”, which is a list of the 100 richest people of Ukraine, Kolomoisky was ranked second in terms of capital. Kolomoisky has industrial and financial assets, he is the beneficiary through offshore popular Ukrainian TV channel “1+1″. On this channel many years was comedian Vladimir Zelensky, who became President”, — said the author of the material.
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He also recalled that during the adoption of the amendment Andriy Gerus trying to convince the deputies that the import of electricity from Russia will monopolize the market and reduce tariffs for electricity in Ukraine. However, it is not reported that the use of electricity from Russia, which seized Crimea and the Donbass, will the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky — she goes to his enterprises, and import performs an oligarch-controlled company.
“Now we know about it. On October 1 Ukraine started its commercial import of electricity from Russia. Import steady schedule with capacity of 100 MW was carried out by the company “United energy”, which is beyond the control of the businessman Igor Kolomoisky”, — said the author.
On September 18 the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law “On amendments to some laws of Ukraine in the sphere of usage of nuclear energy”, which Andrew Gerus lobbied for the edit — allowed to buy Ukrainian consumers of imported electricity at bilateral contracts. According to Gerus, imports had to be from Belarus. Most experts considered the beginning of electricity imports from Russia as a threat to energy independence of Ukraine and we are convinced that Russia will use it to put pressure on Kiev. 4 October on the website of the President was was a petition to ban the import of electricity from Russia. 7 October, a group of MPs registered a draft on the abolition of the import of electricity from Russia (reg. room 2236).