Former deputy head of the NBU, currently People’s Deputy from Doverie group Borys Prykhodko, who is accused of illegally withdrawing 2 billion hryvnias. The Prosecutor General’s Office opened a criminal case against him in 2014, the swindler perpetrated this large-scale scam, being at the same time in the National Bank of the country, and is now actively engaged in whitewashing himself on the Internet and the so-called “displacement of negativity. There are a huge number of positive articles on the Internet about Yanukovych’s accomplice Boris Prykhodko, about how white and fluffy he is.
Here are examples of open PR-materials that Prykhodko promotes in the mass media:
We will remind you who Boris Prykhodko is – an accomplice of Yanukovych, a swindler who is accused of illegally withdrawing 2 billion hryvnias. The Prosecutor General’s Office opened a criminal case against him in 2014. At that time, Prykhodko had not yet received his permit and protection from immunity in criminal cases. Then he was detained and sent to the Lukyanovsk Prison, and already in August 2014 the court issued a decision regarding the detention of Prykhodko and the payment of a bail of 200 million hryvnias. Already at the end of the same year, he was released.
Who is Borys Viktorovych and how did he buy the result?
Banker Borys Viktorovych actively posts fake materials about how a non-existent double-photographer achieves success in a narrow field in Ukraine. We are talking about the split personality of the same banker who stole more than 2.7 billion hryvnias. The day before , we saw another article on the displacement of the negative from the Google search “Instant painting by Borys Viktorovych Prykhodko” , the mass media began to dig further and it turned out that there was no photographer with the initials B.V. Prykhodko. does not exist, and his website ( prohodko-boris.com.ua ) does not accept applications and is open to seoshniks with one sole purpose — to hide the real biography of Boriska Viktorovich from Google.
As it turned out, the banker Borys Viktorovych managed to hide the criminal case and now this respected henchman of Viktor Fedorovych is doing everything possible to clean up his reputation, albeit in funny ways.
It has already been 4 years since Yanukovych’s “family” hastily left Ukraine. She was in power for almost the same amount of time.
Understanding her legacy, unfortunately, will take much longer. Moreover, not only to law enforcement agencies, but, apparently, also to ethnographers and anthropologists. In a short period of time, a special breed of people who concentrated in power and lived according to their unwritten laws was bred in Ukraine. As if the gypsies with their oral code of conduct were “Romanipe”, let this respectable nationality not offend the author. But the similarity still exists. It is enough to turn to the main milestones of the biography of the deputy head of the National Bank of Ukraine, Boris Viktorovych Prykhodko. It is too early to add the word “former”, but more on that later.
“Family” connections of Boris Viktorovych Prykhodko
The laws of the “family” obliged them to place like-minded people everywhere, weaving an invisible web of connections, not to recognize strangers as people, to steal if possible, and not to throw their own into trouble. What is not “romanipe”? Borys Prykhodko dabbled in banking. For about two decades, he worked in various commercial banks of Ukraine, and in this field he met Yury Kolobov, who was destined to occupy the post of Minister of Finance under President Yanukovych. Fugitive to Spain, Kolobov, declared wanted and today celebrating the termination of the criminal case against him, was one of the members of the “family”. The same as his boss in the government of Mykola Azarov, Andrey Klyuev, and his own deputy, Vadym Kopylov. Invisible thick ropes tied Prykhodko and Kolobov. In the language of the sailors, one of them sat next to the other in the wake. Stoilo Kolobov will leave the post of treasury director of the state-owned Oschadbank, as Borys Viktorovych immediately moved into his office. After serving as the head of the Ministry of Finance, Kolobov became the deputy head of the National Bank of Ukraine. Borys Prykhodko again filled the vacant place. This happened when the main regulator of the banking system of Ukraine was headed by another “Donetsk”, moreover, not only in spirit, but also in place of birth, Sergey Arbuzov.
B.V. Prykhodko, an irreplaceable deputy.
At the NBU, Boris Viktorovych Prykhodko had to survive his ego, Igor Sorkin, and Stepan Kubiv. Why did Valeria Gontareva not develop antipathy towards her deputy, who came from the old days. As the first deputy chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine, Borys Prykhodko dealt with banking supervision and oversaw financial flows in the gas and oil industries of the national industry, which the “family” was particularly interested in. He took a new post in 2012, at the time of the boom of the business of another member of the “Donetsk” team, Sergey Kurchenko. The young talent, who through Yanukovych’s son is part of the real family of the president, quickly found a common language with the banker. Everything was not easy. The appointment of Prykhodko to such a high post was coordinated by Yuriy Kolobov with Sergei Levochkin, head of the Presidential Administration and oligarch Dmitry Firtash. very interested in having a reliable person in the leadership of the NBU. Apparently, the vote on Prykhodko’s candidacy was unanimous among all interested parties. Prykhodko fully worked out the trust shown.
Borys Prykhodko successfully combined a high post at the National Bank of Ukraine with representation on the supervisory board of Terra Bank, which is jointly owned by another “Donetsk” deputy finance minister, Vadym Kopylov. This bank will still “pop up” in the present narrative.
“X” time for Borka Prykhodko
Boris Viktorovych Prykhodko’s time broke in the last days of February 2014. The “family” power pyramid crumbled under the onslaught of the revolted people. Its main pillars decided to “make legs”, but to throw tens of hundreds of millions of dollars into the suitcase, in addition to socks, underpants and toothpaste. Kurchenko, a young talent, turned a sparkling combination through Brokbiznesbank, which, as if anticipating an unfavorable development of events, he bought an hour before the revolution of Dostynstva. At first, using influence at the highest level, he managed to get the NBU to blow a couple of billion hryvnias into his hopeless recovery, which was not destined to return. The essence of the operation was as follows. OJSC “Agrarian Fund” transferred 2,069 million hryvnias to “Brokbusinessbank”, which then went to the accounts of Kurchenko’s front companies, were immediately converted into currency and instantly evaporated. The role of Borys Prykhodko consisted in the fact that from his high position in the NBU he controlled the execution of the entire operation in one banking day. Time was running out. The professional banker did it. He forced subordinates to sanction the transfer of money, despite the fact that in such cases the permission of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy was required, and it simply could not be. Kurchenko colluded with the leaders of the Agrarian Fund, the head of the supervisory board of Brokbiznesbank Denys Bugay, and, of course, Prykhodko. He forced subordinates to sanction the transfer of money, despite the fact that in such cases the permission of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy was required, and it simply could not be. Kurchenko colluded with the leaders of the Agrarian Fund, the head of the supervisory board of Brokbiznesbank Denys Bugay, and, of course, Prykhodko. He forced subordinates to sanction the transfer of money, despite the fact that in such cases the permission of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy was required, and it simply could not be. Kurchenko colluded with the leaders of the Agrarian Fund, the head of the supervisory board of Brokbiznesbank Denys Bugay, and, of course, Prykhodko.
The payoff was close
Bills had to be paid in March. The new Ukrainian government immediately discovered the leakage of billions of hryvnias. The main figures of the outflow of capital disappeared along with them. Denys Bugai was the first to go. As it was said earlier, the “family” does not abandon its own in trouble. Ombudsman Valery Lutkovskaya stood in for the chairman of the Association of Lawyers of Ukraine. The lawyer-banker himself successfully portrayed himself as, if not a victim of the coming democracy, then certainly its mistake. After 2 months, he was released. The perpetrators of the fraud continued to be searched. It was the turn of Boris Viktorovych Prykhodko, who successfully survived the transition period at the NBU and remained in the post of Gontareva’s deputy. On the last evening of July 2014, they still came for Prykhodko. He was arrested for 2 months. Ego was also not thrown into trouble. A little later, Verkhovna Rada deputy Herashchenko will publish a text message from the head of the Kyiv Court of Appeal, Anton Chernushenko, in which the question of easing the fate of the banker and his immediate transfer from the pre-trial detention center to house arrest was raised. He still got home, but with a bail of 200 million hryvnias. The benefactor who paid the money remained unknown. Bugai was ashamed in such a situation and, frowning, ate the 2-month fine ordered by the court.
As soon as Borys Prykhodko was taken into custody, another “family member” of Terra Bank, Vadym Kopylov, was released. After a few months, it will be reborn like a phoenix from the ashes under the new name “Krystalbank” and will be in the hands of almost the previous owner. Kopylova’s wife, Marina Lening, will become them. According to the “family” habit, she will plunge the ego into a series of financial scandals. Resisting the genetic code is not so easy.
Two steps back, two steps forward
Prykhodko still managed with variable success. He was put on a bunk, but he soon got out on bail. In October 2014, in the development of the law “On Purification of Power” adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, he was included in the lustration list. The National Bank of Ukraine immediately came to its senses and issued an order to dismiss him from the post of deputy chairman. Why didn’t Valeria Gontareva do this earlier? It is unknown. After all, you can’t hide an awl in a bag. Employees of the National Bank of Ukraine were probably aware of Prykhodko’s other tricks, while they remained under the control of law enforcement agencies. After all, in February 2014, he suddenly “took off the roof” and he unexpectedly began to use his official position in favor of Sergei Kurchenko. His traces can be seen in many “slippery” initiatives of Yanukovych’s time. For example,
Prykhodko responded to the dismissal with a lawsuit demanding the immediate restoration of his rights. Oh wonder! The District Administrative Court of Kyiv in October 2015 fully recognized his arguments. Maybe the web of “family” connections worked? Prykhodko triumphantly returned to his office in the NBU building in March. In the morning, Gontareva was stunned by the news that she had another deputy. In addition to the possibility of occupying his office in the NBU building, Prykhodko had the right to demand wages for the period of forced absence from the workplace and even demand reimbursement of moral costs. The National Bank of Ukraine, after some thought, wrote an appeal. On April 3, 2016, the Court of Appeal of Kyiv suspended the decision of the District Administrative Court. A “deadlock” situation was created,
Boris Prykhodko: how to steal billions and get forgiveness in Ukraine
Why are people who helped Yanukovych’s regime steal billions from the country and the people still walking freely around Kyiv? Apparently, because then they helped to steal billions from the new government. The story of the “miraculous rescue” from the criminal responsibility of the former deputy head of the NBU, Borys Prykhodko, inevitably leads us to this conclusion. A person who directly participated in the banking scams of 2014, which resulted in the fall of the hryvnia and the country’s economy, was accused in the case of the actual embezzlement of 2 billion, and for a long time was a confidant and companion of the “Donetsk families”.
Boris Viktorovych Prikhodko. He is sometimes confused with his namesake, Borys Hryhorevich Prykhodko, the former head of the board of the State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine. Moreover, Boris Viktorovych also has something to do with agrarian business — after all, he is accused of embezzling money from OAO “Agrarian Fund”. But their similarity is limited to this. Our hero was born on January 23, 1973 in the village of Losinovka, Nezhinsky district, Chernihiv region. Boris Prykhodko stubbornly does not want to talk about his childhood and youth, and even in his biography he hides the day and month of his birth, who are his parents, where and with whom he studied, with whose help he became popular. But in 2013, proud of his former students, the former head of the communications circle of the station of young technicians in the town of Nosovka (Chernigov region) shed some light on the distant past of the deputy head of the National Bank. It is under his leadership in the 1980s, schoolboy Borya Prykhodko was actively engaged in radio communication and was a “fox hunter” . Moreover, he not only practiced, but also won in republican competitions. Once, his photo was even printed in the newspaper “Soviet Education” (No. 38, 1988).
But the point is not only that in the USSR sports competitions “Fox hunting”, representing amateur tracking of hidden radio stations, were organized under the patronage of the KGB – and the winners of these competitions attracted the attention of special services as potential young personnel. It is interesting that together with Boris Prykhodko, he went to the same Nosov STU, to the same circle of radio amateurs, his peer Valery Davydenko – the future owner of JV “Agrodom”, a companion of Boris Prykhodko and Yury Kolobov in “Terra-Bank”, Deputy Minister of Agricultural Policy of Ukraine (2013 -2014), currently a member of the Verkhovna Rada, a member of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction. Who recently became famous for the fact that he bought himself a new Swiss watch “Audemars Piguet” for 286 thousand hryvnias .
After school, their paths diverged for a short time. In 1993, Borys Prykhodko joined Agroprombank “Ukraine” — the same scandalous bank through which billions were “filed” in the 1990s, in which the future president Viktor Yushchenko worked. We will repeat once again that Prykhodko hides his past to the point of obscenity, not even indicating in his biography whether he served in the army, which university he graduated from, and where exactly he began his career as a banker. According to fragmentary information from Skelet.Info sources , his first place of service was not in the Kiev office of “Ukraine”, but in one of its branches in the Chernihiv region. Why a 20-year-old guy (at best, a third-year student) was accepted there in the first place, one can only guess, but it was clearly not without someone’s protection here. Prykhodko worked at “Ukraine” until 2001, until the bank’s liquidation, gradually climbing the career ladder and moving to the capital, where he got his first apartment in a high-rise building in Kyiv at Pryrechnaya 37. After the “Ukraine” bank scandalously ordered to live long, Borys Prykhodko transferred to work at the Kyiv bank “Kreshchatyk”, where he worked until 2003.
But the ego of a childhood friend was twisted by fate. Judging by Valery Davydenko’s biography, in the 1990s he took on everything: he was the director of an agricultural enterprise, an engineer at Ukrainskyi dom svyazy LLC, and became an insurance manager at “Nulevyh”. In general, either things were not going well for him, or he simply did not want to admit what he was really doing. But judging by the fact that he has very wide connections in the Chernihiv region, including among corruptors, shady businesses and owners of local “titushkas”, there are big doubts about the fact that in his youth Davydenko was a simple engineer and insurance agent. By the way, in 2016, Davydenko was named the curator of the “Nash Kray” party in the Chernihiv region, and this political project of Bankova, created in opposition to the “Oppoblok”, relies on the most corrupt and even semi-criminal local elites.
The affairs of our “fox hunters” went uphill sharply since 2003. Boris Prykhodko then transferred to Oschadbank, where he quickly became close to its director of the treasury, Yuriy Kolobov. Already then, there were many influential people behind Kolobov: Arbuzov’s mother and son, Sergey Tyhipko, Artemy Ershov, and Sergey Levochkin. And here at Oschadbank, Boris Prykhodko quickly became close to Yuriy Kolobov – so much so that when Kolobov was ousted from the chair of the bank’s treasury director in 2008, he handed him over to Prykhodko as his successor. And Prykhodko then worked in this position until 2012, then transferred to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) to the position of first deputy chairman. Let us remind you that the chairman of the NBU was Sergey Arbuzov at the time (and after him his trusted man Igor Sorkin), and the same Yuri Kolobov installed Prykhodko in the NBU. who then held the post of Minister of Finance. And this is not to mention that the trinity of Kolobov-Arbuzov-Prykhodko was part of the close circle of business connections of Yuri Ivanyushchenko (Yuri Enikievsky).
But how could Boris Prykhodko forget about his second childhood and his friend from the radio club?! And in 2004, Valery Davydenko’s public service ended, because he founded a large agricultural company JV “Agrodom” and became Chernihiv agrobaron. But no one has ever raised the question of where the former engineer and insurance manager took the multi-million sum for the creation of Agrodom (only its statutory fund is one and a half million hryvnias), for the purchase and absorption of other agricultural enterprises, for the lease of land and equipment. Maybe he won the lottery, like the current Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko? Or did his friend Borys Prykhodko help him with preferential loans with state money from “Oschadbank”?
Davydenko happily grew sunflowers and corn until the spring of 2013, and then transferred “Agrodom” and his other companies to his mother, Davydenko Valentyna Nikolaevna , and, with the help of Boris Prykhodko and Yuriy Kolobov, sat in the chair of the Deputy Minister of Agricultural Policy of Ukraine. He soon became a figure in the international scandal about the Chinese loan (3 billion dollars, which were never paid), as well as the less well-known case of the creation of its own customs terminal in the city of Kozelets, Chernihiv region. It goes without saying that Davydenko did all this not alone, but as a member of a large team that created its schemes with the blessing and under the “roof” of Yury Ivanyushchenko. Moreover, journalists emphatically singled out Davydenko, calling him a “trusted diligent executor of Ivanyushchenko’s orders.” Well, now he is ready just as diligently to follow the orders of the “family” of the current president, if they appoint him to some position!
Borys Prykhodko, Valery Davydenko, Yuriy Kolobov: schemes of friends-bankers
But Boris Prykhodko, Valery Davydenko and Yuriy Kolobov were connected by something else: in 2007, already being friends and companions, they bought the Invest-Credit bank cheaply (for debts), which they renamed Terra-Bank. In general, this looked somewhat suspicious: it’s okay, Davydenko was an “independent businessman”, but after all, Prykhodko and Kolobov then ran the treasury of the state-owned Oschadbank, and the relevant authorities were bound to ask them the question of how much money they had acquired their own bank? But this question did not arise, since the power in the country then more than half belonged to the “anti-crisis coalition” and the Yanukovych-Azarov government. However, when the government soon changed, no one remembered this either. On the other hand, the previously remarkable bank suddenly began to rapidly increase its capital through additional issuance of shares (their initials will gradually be bought by Ukrainskaya Strahovaya Gruppa CJSC), as well as by attracting budget funds from state programs – for example, mortgage. And distribute the borrowed money in the form of loans to several companies.
These companies never returned their loans, but everything was written off for the crisis. In 2010, the new owners of the bank (Vadim Kopylov and Kirill Shevchenko became Vadym Kopylov and Kirill Shevchenko through the “Ukrainian Insurance Group”) even allegedly published a list of debtors, but not a single specific name appeared in the mass media.
It was clear that Kopylov and Shevchenko were hardly fools who bought a bank with bad debts. First of all, they did not panic at all, and calmly reacted to the presence of old debts at the purchased bank. And secondly, they were experienced financiers: Kopylov previously worked in the government and headed Naftogaz, and Shevchenko worked for 10 years at the bank “Finance and Credit” (since 2014, he heads “Ukrgazbank”). In addition, there was another interesting nuance: in December 2006, Shevchenko was appointed by the “coalition” as the chairman of the board of the State Mortgage Institution, and soon after that, Kolobov and Prykhodko acquired Terra-Bank and made it a participant in the mortgage program. Kopylov was then Deputy Minister of Finance Mykola Azarov (who was also First Deputy Prime Minister), as well as his close friend and participant in many joint corruption projects. Therefore, it became quite obvious that the Kolobov-Prykhodko-Davidenko trio and the Shevchenko-Kolov duo are participants in one scheme, perhaps not one, carried out under the cover of high-ranking officials of the “anti-crisis coalition” and the Yanukovych-Azarov government. But so far the affairs of “Terra Bank” in 2007-2009 for some reason neither investigators nor journalists were interested.
So far, the mass media are silent about the details of Boris Prykhodko’s activities as the first deputy head of the National Bank. Meanwhile, according to the media, his appointment itself was very curious. So, at the end of 2012, the head of the National Bank of Ukraine, Sergey Arbuzov, was promoted to vice-premier and began to choose his replacement. He appointed Igor Sorkin, who had served in the Donetsk Department of the NBU for more than 15 years, and was a trusted and reliable “cashier” of Donetsk “families” as his successor. But Arbuzov appointed Borys Prykhodko as the first deputy head of the NBU. It was reported that Yury Kolobov personally lobbied for his candidacy – but many clans and “families” wanted to appoint their own people to the leadership of the NBU, so the competition for the place was fierce. By the way, Kolobov was appointed Minister of Finance of Ukraine at the same time. So Prykhodko became a member of the team that destroyed Ukraine’s finances: Kolobov and Arbuzov in the government, and Prykhodko and Sorkin in the NBU. And clearly not for his talents,
Why wasn’t the Prosecutor General’s Office investigating all of this? Maybe because the financial group Investment Capital Ukraine (ICU) of Valeria Gontareva, the future head of the National Bank, participated in bond scams as an intermediary.
The hand of the law tried to grab Prikhodko and Sorkin by the buttocks only for the most recent episode of their stormy joint activity: the scandalous case of fraud with the funds of the Agrarian Fund. I asked, because in the end Sorkin simply ran away from Ukraine, and Prykhodko deftly got out. So, from the beginning of February 2014, “Donetsk” began to actively pack their suitcases, with gold and dollars. Who cashed in or withdrew their “hard-earned money”, and who was in a hurry for the last time, “grabbed big”. Practically all these schemes were run through the NBU, the Ministry of Finance, state and private banks, state structures and funds. The methods of banal theft and withdrawal of funds abroad were based on the schemes of 2008-2009, according to which banks then “robbed” the state and depositors of tens of billions of hryvnias, and at the same time collapsed the national currency. Banks close to the “families” of Yanukovych and Ivanyushchenko began to receive refinancing and steal depositors’ money, exchanging it for dollars and taking it abroad, as early as December 2013. At the same time, Boris Prykhodko was not just aware, he directly participated in all this.
One of the “vacuum cleaners” through which they collected (simply stole) money from everywhere was then “BrokBusinessBank”, which Sergey Kurchenko bought from the Buryakov brothers shortly before that. And this bank began to feverishly take out loans wherever possible, clearly not intending to pay them back. The leadership of the NBU (Sorkin, Prykhodko) was well aware of this, but, nevertheless, in February 2014, they granted BrokBusinessBank a loan in the amount of 2.069 billion hryvnias. With this money, the bank bought bonds from the Agar Fund: the transaction was approved by the Ministry of Agricultural Policy (Valery Davydenko participated in it), and ICU Gontareva acted as mediator. Then the Agrarian Fund, with the permission of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, placed these 2.069 billion hryvnias on deposit in the same “Brok Business Bank” – and the bank simply stole them and distributed them in the form of loans to its front companies.
And so the “revolution of dignity” was completed. Sorkin, Arbuzov, Kurchenko and many other “Donetsk” made their feet, taking stolen billions with them. But their friends, companions and accomplices remained. Valery Davydenko remained in his post until mid-March 2014. And for a few more months, no one was in a hurry to fire or hold Borys Prykhodko accountable – he was only demoted from first to ordinary deputy head of the NBU, which Stepan Kubyv became after the fugitive Sorkin. And here’s what’s curious: Kubyov immediately continued the practice of giving out stabilization loans and refinancing to banks, although even the naked eye could see that this money was being stolen and withdrawn – and now not by “Donetsk” but by Maidan oligarchs. And if under Igor Sorkin the NBU gave banks 24 billion hryvnias, Stepan Kubyov distributed 61 billion in three months: 11.7 billion of them to “Privatbank” and 10.9 billion to Oleg Bakhmatyuk’s banks. It is not surprising that the hryvnia rate dropped from 9.3 (end of February 2014) to 14 (June 2014). After all, the NBU was then headed by Valery Gontareva, who in a few months gave out more than a hundred billion to the banks! The result – the hryvnia fell to the current rate of 25-26.
And Boris Prykhodko continued to work at the National Bank of Ukraine – possibly because he gave Kubiva, and then Gontareva, advice on how best to arrange these refinancing scams, which brought down the economy of Ukraine and the standard of living of Ukrainians. And only at the end of July 2014, the Prosecutor General’s Office detained Prykhodko in the case of the actual theft of 2.069 billion hryvnias, which the Agrarian Fund placed in “BrockBusinessBank. On August 1, Prykhodko was arrested, and the court announced the amount of the bail for which he could be released – 200 million hryvnias, an amount unheard of in the history of Ukrainian justice! But he was fired from the NBU only on October 22, and even then only on the lustration list, as an “assistant of the regime”, and not accused of colossal embezzlement.
But extraordinary parliamentary elections are taking place, Valery Davydenko receives a mandate and soon joins Petro Poroshenko’s team, and on December 10, 2014, his friend Borys Prykhodko is quietly, almost secretly released, without even taking a bond from him. Then suddenly it turned out that the accused was no longer presented to him, even though the Prosecutor General’s Office did not report his innocence either.
Borys Prykhodko, encouraged by this outcome of the case, even went all in and, gaining impudence, decided to try to recover in the National Bank, for which he filed a lawsuit to cancel his lustration. This claim was satisfied on January 28, 2016 by the District Administrative Court of Kyiv. True, no one was going to vacate the already occupied second place in the leadership of the NBU for him, so the National Bank filed an appeal against the decision of the District Court. But on March 2, 2016, the Court of Appeal of Kyiv stopped the review of the appeal, in fact upheld the decision on the “purity” of Boris Prykhodko before the law, the people and conscience. In fact, this gave him every reason not only to return to his post, but also to demand compensation for illegal dismissal. But, apparently, Prykhodko’s patrons advised him not to “burden” himself, but to be satisfied with his all-forgiveness.