August 31 was the release date of the film “100 Days of the President” featuring interview with the Head of State Volodymyr Zelenskyy. In this interview, the head of the country stressed that he had questions for Viktor Medvedchuk whose daughter’s godfather is Vladimir Putin, and the sources for financing his party “Opposition Platform – For Life”. In the snap election to the Rada, it came second and brought to the parliament 37 MPs.
“Regarding Mr Medvedchuk’s Party, there are quite a few significant questions – is it his party? Is it a temporary association? Also, who are they? There are big questions about where they got the money to finance the party. We have got the answers – the cash volumes and what country and what source they are getting it from. And it will be a very public story that will end very badly,” – claimed Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the interview at the end of August. As for Viktor Medvedchuk, he later called these allegations absurd.
“The Schemes” decided to verify the sincerity of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s words and invited themselves to the celebration of the seventieth birthday of MP Hryhoriy Surkis – one of Viktor Medvedchuk’s longtime associates as well as one of the key official sponsors of his party “Opposition Platform – For Life”. And now journalists happen to have big questions as well. And, quite possibly, it will be a very public story too.
September 4, 2019.
Near the five-star Intercontinental Hotel in the heart of Kiev, the Schemes filming crew spots a cluster of security guards and premium vehicles.
Here Hrihoriy Surkis, businessman, owner of Dynamo football club, and now – MP from “Opposition Platform – For Life” is celebrating his 70th birthday.
On the eve of the presidential election, Hryhoriy Surkis and his brother Ihor Surkis featured in the investigation by “The Schemes” called “P. okayed” about one of the biggest scams in the energy industry during President Poroshenko’s office.
At that time, the editorial staff released phone records of how businessman and ex-MP Dmytro Kriuchkov, who is being suspected by the NABU of stealing hundreds of millions of hryvnias from state-owned power companies, received instructions from businessmen brothers Ihor and Hryhoriy Surkis.
Even though detectives have interrogated the Surkis brothers twice, exploring their role in corruption scheme, Hryhoriy Surkis himself denied his involvement in May this year.
Later, in an interview with “The Schemes”, oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi, whose companies paid Dmytro Kriuchkov’s company for consumed electricity instead of state power companies, commented on the high profile case: “Kriuchkov is the person who robbed our power companies, our enterprises and handed Kononenko the money. What is to know here, it’s a common knowledge. NABU knows, and prosecutors know, and anti-corruption prosecutors know. The Surkis introduced Kriuchkov to Kononenko.”
Presidential Trio and oligarch friends
At Hryhoriy Surkis’ birthday party, journalists noticed three former Ukrainian presidents. First President 0f Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk.
The second president, Leonid Kuchma, who was in the process of a lengthy goodbye with TV presenter Dmytro Gordon.
And the third, Viktor Yushchenko.
In addition, at Hryhoriy Surkis’ birthday party, “Schemes” managed to spot almost all Ukrainian oligarchs.
Ihor Kolomoyskyi and his business partner Gennadiy Bogolyubov were present as well.
Oligarch Viktor Pinchuk and his wife Olena also attended the celebration.
A Bentley, recorded by journalists while leaving the underground parking lot, is being used by oligarch Dmytro Firtash’s wife, Lada Firtash.
In addition to the ex-presidents and oligarchs, the eldest son of former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko, Oleksandr, came to wish happy birthday to the host.
Among the guests, the journalists also noticed the former Chief of the Security Service of Ukraine, Vasyl Hrytsak, who was one of the last to leave the party, at two o’clock in the morning.
There were many party mates of Surkis’ birthday party on the “Opposition Platform – For Life” faction.
MPs of OPFL
Among the party members, the Schemes saw the first number in the electoral list of the party “Opposition Platform – For Life” and co-chairman of the faction – Yuriy Boyko.
They also recorded how the off-road car used by Nestor Schufrych left the hotel parking lot. He is the former “Region” party member and longtime associate of Surkis since their membership in the SDPU (o) party.
They also noticed the Mercedes, which, according to journalists, is used by Serhiy Lyovochkin , former head of the Presidential Administration of Yanukovych.
Thus his sister Yulia Lyovochkina left the party.
Among others, the filming crew also noticed Vasyl Nimchenko, a close ally of Viktor Medvedchuk whose daughter’s godfather is Vladimir Putin.
MPs Natalia Korolevska, Yurii Pavlenko and Oleksandr Puzanov were also seen there.
In the above-mentioned company, officials from the inner circle of the servant of the people, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, partied till midnight.
Among the “new faces” one could see the current head of the Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov – close friend of Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He arrived to the party at about 9 PM.
As it turned out, at the entrance to the hotel Bakanov was waiting for Serhii Shefir, first assistant of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
He even helped Shefir to carry a gift probably.
After all, Bakanov left the party alongside Shefir, at midnight.
The fact that Bakanov and Shefir were nowhere other than at the celebration of businessman Hryhoriy Surkis’ birthday is proved by the bags of the elite brand Fendi, carried by all guests leaving the hotel that evening.
It is worth noting that two weeks prior to his birthday, Hryhoriy Surkis visited the central office of the Security Service of Ukraine, where Bakanov’s office is located.
“Regarding Mr Medvedchuk’s Party, there are quite a few significant questions – is it his party? Is it a temporary association? … And it will be a very public story that will end very badly,” – said Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the film“100 Days of the President”.
On the one hand, in a Saturday interview, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy assured that the story of the Medvedchuk party would end very badly.
On the other hand, only three days later, his colleague, the head of the Security Service of Ukraine, attended the birthday party of an influential member of the same faction, which is sponsored, among others, by Viktor Medvedchuk whose daughter’s godfather is Vladimir Putin.
For three hours he partied in the company of MPs who do not recognize military aggression of Russia.
“The Schemes” asked the chief of the SSU, First Assistant to President Zelenskyy and Hryhoriy Surkis himself for comments. They did not respond by the time of the article release.
Among the party guests, the journalists also spotted the actors of the Kvartal-95 studio.
Stepan Kazanin was one of them.
Mika Fatalov, who played the head of the SSU in the TV series “Servant of the People”.
Also, the journalists noticed the car registered in the name of Olena Kravets’s husband leave the hotel parking. She is the Kvartal-95 studio actress.
In addition, Yevhen Koshovyi can also be seen in a photo posted by Gordon’s editor-in-chief Alesia Batsman on Facebook .
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Oleksandr Tkachenko, honorary president of the “1+1 Media” group and MP of the “Servant of the People” faction, was among those who came to wish Surkis happy birthday.
Another influential MP of the Servant of the People faction, Mykhailo Radutskyi, seems to have presented the painting to the birthday boy.
At three o’clock in the morning, guest of honour, birthday boy himself Hryhoriy Surkis, left the five-star hotel with his brother and families.
According to “The Schemes”, the celebration lasted ten hours in total.