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Search at «Risoil Terminal» LLC JV Press release 14.04.2016

"Joint Venture RISOIL TERMINAL Ltd.” is a stevedoring company that has been carrying on its activities in the port of Illichivsk since 2001; the company is engaged in transshipment of vegetable oil and handling of grain and oilseed meal and is a member of Risoil Group.

The Founder of "Joint Venture RISOIL TERMINAL Ltd.” is Risoil S.A. that has been operating in Ukraine since 2001 as one of the largest and most solid investors. Since the very beginning of the investment activity being carried on by Risoil Group in Ukraine, some successful investment projects have been implemented in the field of development of the port infrastructure, production industry, and some other lines of business activity, to an amount of over USD 200 million. For the period of its operating activities approximately 1,000 jobs for local employees have been created and payments to the budgets of different levels exceeded UAH 720 million.

Lawlessness of Prosecutor’s General Office at «Risoil Terminal»

Since 2015 "Joint Venture RISOIL TERMINAL Ltd.” is building one of the most powerful in Ukraine port terminal for transshipment and storage of grain cargoes in Illichivsk Commercial Sea Port. Construction of the first stage of the terminal is completed at the moment.

The volume of construction investments amounted to more than USD 70 million. In the near 12-month project will be implemented the second phase of construction, which involves a pier device and the construction of additional storage capacities with an investment volume of more than
USD 70 million.

This fact of active and ambitious development of the company and favorable investment climate could serve the events described further.

On April 12, 2016 at 11:00 officials of the Crimean Administration of the Office of Prosecutor General of Ukraine accompanied by representatives of the State Security Service of Ukraine executed a search at the address: 4 Korabelnaya street, city of Chernomorsk.

In the search warrant of Pecherskii district court of the city of Kiev, which was produced, it was indicated that the court allowed to Ye. Krasnozhon, the prosecutor, to withdraw documents from the office of "Risoil Terminal” JV LLC according to the opened criminal investigation under part 3 art. 368 CC of Ukraine (bribetaking).

Ye. Krasnozhon, Councellor in Justice, prosecutor, appealed to the investigator of Pecherskii district court in the city of Kiev with a petition for the search grounded on the following:

  • The company "JV Risoil Terminal” LLC had allegedly bribed the deputy Chief sanitary doctor of the State Sanitary & Epidemiological Service in the amount of UAH 10 thousand;
  • The "JV Risoil Terminal” LLC delivers liquid cargos (sunflower seed oil) and grain cargos to the temporarily occupied territory of the AR of the Crimea avoiding all Ukrainian checkpoints;
  • The "JV Risoil Terminal” LLC has illegally and voluntary occupied the land adjacent to SE IMTP;

The court satisfied the petition of the prosecutor Ye. Krasnozhon and an investigation group consisting of about 12 persons arrived at the legal address of the "JV Risoil Terminal” LLC — 4 Korabelnaya street, city of Chernomorsk. Actually, at this address a company "Novik Port Service” LLC is registered and runs business.

The officials of the investigation group of the Prosecutor’s General Office locked the door to the premises, thus completely blocking the work and access to the office of the company "Novik Port Service” LLC, which is the general forwarding agent of the "JV Risoil Terminal” LLC and a side legal person.

The officials of the investigation group of the Prosecutor’s General Office locked the door to the premises, thus completely blocking the work and access to the office of the company "Novik Port Service” LLC, which is the general forwarding agent of the "JV Risoil Terminal” LLC and a side legal person.

News Channel 7 Odessa on the situation in the «Novik Port Service»

The officials of the investigation group of the Prosecutor’s General Office locked the door to the premises, thus completely blocking the work and access to the office of the company "Novik Port Service” LLC, which is the general forwarding agent of the "JV Risoil Terminal” LLC and a side legal person.

Five hours after the beginning of the search, the company’s legal advisor and the shooting team managed to get to the scene through the window. In the premises the members of the investigation group had forced the cameraman to part with the video camera and forbade any kind of events fixation referring to the decision of investigative prosecutor whose name was not mentioned. The representatives of the PGO of Ukraine had also entirely refused to communicate with the company’s legal advisor.

In addition, having blocked the door with office furniture, the representatives of the PGO of Ukraine declared that not only the employees of the company but also journalists and policemen would not be able to leave the premises before the search was finished.

The investigation group of the PGO of Ukraine exerted pressure on the employees of the "Novik Port Service” LLC company blocked in the premises from 10:00 to 20:00 o’clock by giving them no possibility to eat or satisfy their sanitary needs.

By 15:00 a group of people and employees of the "JV Risoil Terminal” LLC with loading mechanisms who expressed their protest against the lawless actions that were taking place and wanted to prevent illegal seizure of the premises and withdrawal of documents and office equipment gathered near the building.

About 20:00 as the result of negotiations between the representatives of the company and the investigation group of the GPO of Ukraine the agreement was reached that original documents of the company "Novik Port Service” LLC would not be withdrawn so as not to interfere with the current work, which would result in great losses. Document copies certified by a wet stamp of the enterprise would suffice.

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About 22:30 when it seemed that the situation had stabilized and a sort of agreement was reached, a bus with fighters of special forces detachment "Alpha” in the number of 12 persons arrived to the building of the office in full battle-rattle.
The "Alpha” fighters locked down the perimeter of the building and assisted to the representatives of the investigation group protected by military guards who carried away all original documents that were of interest to them without inventory leaving the copies prepared for them as it was mentioned above.

The investigation actions finished about 01:00 on April 13.

The company "JV Risoil Terminal” LLC believes that investment climate of Ukraine shall not suffer from such demonstrations on the part of the law enforcement system, reserving the right to all legal judicial actions in order to prevent any similar unjustified decisions in future on the part of the Ukrainian courts and enforcement bodies, and declares that it would insist on court prosecution for all participants and executors.

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Shota Khajishvili,
CEO of Representative Office of Risoil S.A. in Ukraine