Ukraine’s top officials could be behind land-stealing scheme

This investigation was released by Nashi Groshi (ZIK TV) in July 2015 and supported by Objective Investigative Reporting Project.

In July 2015, a huge part of a community forest near Kyiv was suddenly fenced. The locals were told that the land was privatized and cottages were to be constructed here.

The privatization was illegal, according to the local authorities. They rented the land out over 10 years ago, but cancelled the deal when faced the rage of environmental activists. So it was a surprise for them too when the failed renters came back 10 years later to claim the forest even despite the cancellation.

What’s even more interesting, three of the sham owners that are trying to seize the land are the exact namesakes of the three top officials from State Security Service of Ukraine.

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