Oleksandr Kosovan, the founder of the IT company MacPaw, who is on the list of the 100 richest Ukrainians according to Forbes, said his property was searched by law enforcement officers. He reported this on his Facebook page. At the same time, investigative actions were carried out both in Oleksandr’s personal home and in the office of the company that develops software and services for Mac.
“Even during a full-scale war, officials find a reason, time, and way to put pressure on Ukrainian business. Before the searches, we provided all the necessary documents to the investigators, that is, the searches in our case are an optional measure, but the civil servants decided otherwise,” Kosovan writes.
According to him, the reason for the searches was the desire of officials to take possession of land plots that MacPaw acquired between 2016 and 2021. At the same time, the company does not rule out that due to imperfections in the land legislation and its outdated regulation, some mistakes could have been made by the officials.
“We provide the law enforcement officers with all the requested information and have been in dialogue with the local authorities for more than three years in order to correct these mistakes and be able to create a really interesting and valuable project in Ukraine. But after we invested tens of millions of dollars in the development of the plots, officials became interested in them, and now they are trying to take away these lands and assets,” explains Kosovan.
The founder of MacPaw believes that such actions, together with blocking the work of one of the largest Ukrainian food companies, are a crime against the people of Ukraine.
The land plots, the legality of which the officials are disputing, are located in the Kyiv region, in Boryspil and Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyi districts of the Kyiv region. The Kyiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office has not yet commented on the course of this case.