8 Jul 2019 18:03

TV channel NewsOne beneficiaries linked to Russia's Promsvyazbank - Ukrainian prosecutor general

KYIV. July 8 (Interfax) - One of the beneficiaries of the Ukrainian TV channel NewsOne is a co-owner of the Russian bank Promsvyazbank, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said.

"We have received information indicating that the end beneficiary, the owner of NewsOne, is a Cypriot company whose managers are citizens of the Republic of Cyprus. One of them is simultaneously co-founder of another Cypriot company, which co-owns Russia's PJSC Promsvyazbank," Lutsenko told journalists on Monday.

"Promsvyazbank is defined by the aggressor country as a bank through which Russia's defense order is financed," Lutsenko said. "Therefore, a person is linked to a bank that, among other things, finances the war against Ukraine, and the same person is a beneficiary of the Ukrainian TV channel NewsOne. In my view, this is enough for the National Security and Defense Council to sanction this TV channel," he said.

Lutsenko wrote on Facebook that the information on the TV channel's beneficiaries had been obtained by the Ukrainian Security Service and the Prosecutor General's Office. "This information is sufficient for convening a National Security and Defense Council meeting and sanctioning the TV channel linked to terrorism. Such sanctions imply, in particular, the annulment of the licenses, a ban on using Ukraine's radio frequency resources and the termination of the provision of telecommunication services and the use of general-use telecommunication networks," he said.

Promsvyazbank is currently fully owned by the Russian Federal Agency for State Property Management (Rosimushchestvo). Its previous owners were brothers Dmitry and Alexei Ananyev.