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Russian court orders nationalization of Poroshenko's factory in Lipetsk

by Nate Ostiller February 19, 2024 7:07 PM 1 min read
The Roshen chocolate factory in Kyiv on July 2, 2014. Photo for illustrative purposes. (Unkel/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
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A court in Russia's Lipetsk Oblast on Feb. 19 ordered a confectionary factory owned by former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the region to be nationalized.

The factory was used by Poroshenko's Roshen company.

Following the beginning of Russian aggression against Ukraine in 2014, the factory's property was seized and Russia's Investigative Committee began an investigation into its alleged fraudulent activities. Roshen ceased operations at the Lipetsk plant in 2017.

The court ordered the remaining shares of the factory to be nationalized, and also banned Poroshenko, his son Oleksii Poroshenko, and the former owner of the factory, Oleh Kazakov, from operating in Russia.

The decision may still be appealed.

Poroshenko founded Roshen in the 1990s. It has since become one of the largest producers of confectionaries in the world.

According to the corporate website, Roshen has six factories in Ukraine, as well as one in Lithuania and another in Hungary.

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