"Battalion Monaco" expanded: Kuchma, Lyovochkin and other "VIP refugees" were found on the Côte d'Azur. Names
Even during a full-scale war, Ukrainian "VIP refugees" manage to rest on the Côte d'Azur. NDPs and officials, who are not stopped by official bans, are nicknamed the "Monaco battalion". Recently it has been enlarged by deputies of the banned "OPZZH" Sergey Lyovochkin and Vadim Stolar. Former President Leonid Kuchma, Kramatorsk Mayor Oleksandr Goncharenko and many others have also been spotted at the elite resort.
All of them in March-April 2023 were in one of the most expensive places in the world. This is stated in the journalistic investigation"Battalion Monaco 3".
In particular, Sergey Lyovochkin was spotted at Monaco airport in May. A charter flight was on its way from Vienna. There, according to sources, Lyovochkin was meeting with oligarch Dmytro Firtash.
The sources note that Lyovochkin was able to obtain permission to leave Ukraine for official reasons - "for the sake of his parliamentary activities". The deputy's press service assured: Lyovochkin permanently resides in Ukraine and has only left the country twice - for a knee operation and for a business trip.
After the meetings, Lyovochkin indeed flew to Nice airport for a subsequent transfer to the clinic for post-operative control. But this does not explain his trip to Vienna.
Vadim Stolar, OPZZH, also happened to be on the Côte d'Azur. The deputy rents a mansion in a village for the richest people from all over the world, Cap-Ferrat. Every day a Lamborgini Urus with Czech license plates, worth about 300 thousand euros, drives out of the mansion. According to sources, it is Stolar's car. By the way, the staff cars, which also regularly appear at the mansion, have reworked Ukrainian license plates, without the flag.
Also on Cap-Ferrat was spotted a former MP from Batkivshchyna Oleksandr Tabalov. Together with his son during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych in 2012 they became the first "carcasses", refusing to join the faction after being elected to the Rada from "Batkivshchyna".
Another notable Ukrainian in Nice is Vladimir Skorobagach, a former deputy of the Kharkiv regional council. Almost a year ago it became known that his family moved to Cap-Ferrat. At that time, Skorobagach's daughter, also a Kharkiv MP, reported that her father was leaving the country as a volunteer for a charitable foundation. Over time, Skorobagach did resign his deputy mandate and, apparently, continues to "do charity work" in France.
In Cap-Ferrat the Porsch of the wife of the former deputy of the "Radical Party" Sergey Rybalka was recorded. The car was seen at the entrance to the mansion by the sea. The former MP's wife was also seen in other cars in Monaco, including in restaurants.
The second president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma was spotted at the training by the presence of security guards. After a trek with trekking poles, Kuchma went to the mansion of his son-in-law, Victor Pinchuk. A few days later, Kuchma was seen again at Cap Ferrat.
After the start of the full-scale Russian invasion, Kuchma did not comment on the war until the 15th day. Although the second president has been actively involved in negotiations with Russia in Minsk since 2014, nothing is now known about his public activities.
In March, an MP from the group "Vidnovlenia Ukrainy" Maxim Yefimov also visited the Nice airport. There were no public reports about the trip to the Côte d'Azur in the deputy's social networks. But there was a mention of a working trip to Slovakia.
Together with Yefimov to Slovakia went the mayor of frontline Kramatorsk Oleksandr Goncharenko. He was also with Yefimov at the Nice airport, where he arrived by charter on March 17. Goncharenko himself initially denied that he was in Nice. On the contrary, Efimov admitted that he had visited his 10-year old daughter. After Goncharenko saw the footage of his stay in Nice, he admitted that he had flown to the Côte d'Azur after a business trip to Slovakia. And allegedly to visit his daughter, who had recently entered college.
Charters from Moldova are not uncommon in Nice. One of them was taken in March by entrepreneur Alexander Katsuba. His name often appeared in the information space during Yanukovych's presidency. In 2012, Katsuba, 26, became deputy head of state-run Naftogaz, replacing his older brother Sergei. One of the most notorious corruption scandals of those times - the purchase of "Boyko's towers" - is also connected to this family.
Katsuba's car was also seen near one of the restaurants in Monaco. Alexander personally got out of the car with his family. Katsuba himself explains that he left Ukraine to buy cars for the AFU and "stopped by to see his children".
According to sources, the son of suspected treasonist Vyacheslav Boguslav Alexander is also in Monaco. It is reported that he lives in an apartment in the most expensive house of the Principality. Also, a Rolls-Roys with Ukrainian license plates was spotted near this house. But a license plate check showed that the owner of the luxury car is not Boguslayev's son. Sources say that after the arrest of Vyacheslav Boguslav his son was no longer seen in Monaco.
In addition, Boris Baum, a former advisor to Kirill Timoshenko, the former deputy head of the OC, as well as the first deputy head of the Advisory Council on the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries, was also found in Monaco. After shooting Baum on his phone, the journalists were detained by the police at the exit from Monaco.
Journalists note that in Nice and Monaco one can see even more Ukrainians. Representatives of the government and business do not hesitate to use corrupt connections in order to "sit out" the war in luxurious conditions abroad.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, earlier the people's deputy of Ukraine from the party "Servant of the people" Bohdan Torokhtiy was seen during martial law on vacation in Bulgaria, and also changed for the period three cars. The last of them, the Mercedes-Benz EQS, is worth about 7 million hryvnias.