Support our war crimes investigations unit Support
Skip to content

News Feed

Want to partner with the Kyiv Independent?
Contact the Tellers Agency to connect your brand with independent media.
Ukraine Daily
News from
Ukraine in your
12:11 PM
Chairman of the Ukrainian parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk went to Turkey and met with Azovstal defenders who have been freed from Russian capture and are now under the protection of the Turkish government, the press service of Verkhovna Rada reported on June 4.

watch us on facebook

Edit post

Guardian: UK business registered to Russian proxy official despite sanctions

by The Kyiv Independent news desk April 27, 2023 7:12 PM 2 min read
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin speaks at a rally celebrating the illegal annexation of four Ukrainian oblasts on Sept. 30, 2022, in Moscow. Proxy official Volodymyr Saldo stands to his immediate right. (Photo: Contributor/Getty Images)
This audio is created with AI assistance

A U.K. business was allegedly registered to Russian proxy official Volodymyr Saldo five months after his name was added to a sanctions list, the Guardian reported on April 27.

Saldo has been working on behalf of Russia in occupied Kherson Oblast, where he became the head of the regional occupation administration. He has also met with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and received Russian state honors.

Russia's all-out war in Ukraine has been going on for more than one year, yet "proposals that would make it a crime for people under sanctions to set up U.K. companies have yet to become law," according to the Guardian.

Saldo's assets in the U.K. were frozen in June 2022 and he is banned from entering the country. British officials have said he is guilty of "promoting policies and actions which destabilize Ukraine and undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine."

Despite this, the Guardian wrote that they found a company of which Saldo has been listed as the proprietor since November registered in an office block in the Hatton Garden district of central London. A representative of the property then told the Guardian that the company has no connection with the property and only five months later was the address altered in a public filing.

However, the company, Grainholding Ltd., is apparently still listed as an active company, according to the Guardian.

Company documents show that Grainholding Ltd. holds over $1.2 million in capital, half of which is allegedly owned by Saldo.

According to Ukraine's National Agency on Corruption Prevention, Saldo was sanctioned not only by the U.K. but Ukraine, the U.S., the European Union, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, and New Zealand after the start of Russia's full-scale invasion.

Survivors of Russian torture chamber in Kherson share stories of abuse (VIDEO)
Russian torture chambers have been found in all occupied territories liberated by Ukrainian forces. In Kherson Oblast alone, thousands of Ukrainians were put through physical and mental abuse in such facilities, according to Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets. Two survivors spoke to the Kyiv Independent abou…
Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight.
Freedom can be costly. Both Ukraine and its journalists are paying a high price for their independence. Support independent journalism in its darkest hour. Support from as little as $1, and it only takes a minute.
visa masterCard americanExpress

Editors' Picks

Support us

Enter your email to subscribe

Please, enter correct email address


* indicates required
* indicates required


* indicates required
* indicates required
Successfuly subscribed
Thank you for signing up for this newsletter. We’ve sent you a confirmation email.