7 May 2021 16:19

Penal colony in Ukraine's Lviv put up for auction

KYIV. May 7 (Interfax) - Lviv Correctional Facility No. 48 has been put up for auction at a starting price of 132.6 million hryvni, Ukrainian Justice Minister Denys Maliuska said.

"The grand sale of prisons is continuing. Lviv's Lot No. 1 is Lviv Correctional Facility No. 48. It consists of around 100 real estate properties located on a plot of land of 10.7 hectares," Maliuska said on Facebook on Thursday evening.

According to an announcement on the ProZorro.Prodazhi online public procurement platform, the auction has been set for June 3, 2021.

In February, the Ukrainian Justice Ministry announced plans to hold auctions to sell the assets of mothballed penitentiaries across the country to private owners as part of a largescale prison privatization program.

The first such facility put up for auction in February was Irpin Correctional Center No. 132, situated in the center of the urban-type settlement of Kotsyubynske, six kilometers from Kyiv's Akademmistechko metro station. It is located on an 8.3-hectare land plot. The starting price was 220.2 million hryvni.

"The grand prison sale has reached the stage of its first auction. If anyone has a spare 220 million hryvni and wants to buy a small prison several kilometers from Kyiv, please follow the link bellow. I'd like to remind you that 70% of all proceeds from the sale will be spent on developing new prison infrastructure, which will be in line with European standards, and 30% will be transferred to the state budget," Maliuska said on Facebook on February 17.