The fate of the Ukrainian oligarch in hands of the Minister of Justice of Austria.
The Supreme Court of Austria resolved an extradition of the Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash in the USA, but still the Minister of Justice of the country has to approve this decision by the signature. When it occurs – yet it is not known.
Extraditions Firtash and his lawyers challenged the nearly 5 years. The businessman was arrested in Vienna in March, 2014 at the request of the American authorities, but bailed in 125 million dollars which was allegedly brought by his friend and the person from an environment of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. The American investigation accuses the Ukrainian oligarch of bribery, the suspect is threatened by 50 years of prison.
Before the American prosecution Firtash was one of influential eminence grises of the Ukrainian policy. The general public the 54-year-old oligarch became famous because of gas war with the prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Firtash generously invested in the Party of Regions, the former regionals still morally support him not only in court – last month Sergey Levochkin, Mikhail Papiyev and others wished Firtash happy birthday in Vienna. For years of arrest Firtash managed not only to keep influence on the Ukrainian policy – its enterprises in Ukraine work further, and the most known, Crimean “Titanium” and Krymsoda, after annexation of the peninsula are re-registered according to the Russian legislation.