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Portrait Serhiy Kurchenko

Dubbed as the ‘billionaire from nowhere’, ‘wizard of gas’, or 'Yanukovych's wallet', young entrepreneur Kurchenko managed to aquire a fortune in a very short amount of time in the gas business. Kurchenko was the head of "The VETEK Group of Companies”, which later included the UMH group and which controlled 50 Ukrainian and Russian internet, radio and media brands. Among them was the Ukrainian edition of Forbes until July 2015, when the U.S. government imposed sanctions on him and he was no longer allowed to use the Forbes brand. 11 criminal investigations have been started into Kurchenko’s companies, allegedly having stolen around $1 billion from Ukrainian state. He is said to reside in Russia, where he has acquired real estate and continues to engage in entrepreneurial activity. 1, 2, 3, 4


Identifying information
Ukrainian businessman
Date of birth
Place of birth
Ukraine, Kharkiv oblast, Kharkiv
Country of residence
Serhiy, Serhii, Sergij, Sergii, Sergey Vitalyovych, Vitaliyovych, Vitalijovich, Vitaliiovych Kurchenko
First and middle name(s)
Serhiy Vitalyovych
Family members
Olena Rymarenko (spouse)
Suspected or confirmed links to legal entities

Devora ltd , Jetlit ltd , adform experts inc , Algerna Investment ltd , Anapom Business ltd , Aplanor Trading ltd , Arzana Commerce Corp , avenna holding ltd , Avilax Commerce Corp , Beltline Holdings inc , Bisba Investments ltd , Biven Investments , Butterfield Business Holdings s.a , Carbondale Overseas Group ltd , Condicom Participation ltd , downtown management s.a , UO Dulsa Capital jsc , Eastern Finance Corp , Ek Multimedia Content ltd , Elseco Trading ltd , empson ltd , Entley Ventures ltd , Ernor Holdings ltd , estrisks services ltd , Fieldcress Consulting ltd , Fineberg ltd , fremingham investment corp , Friona Group ltd , Gourami Participation Corp , Graugher ltd , hawkbit enterprises ltd , Hensley Capital ltd , Hesperus Enterprises ltd , Hickery Holdings ltd , Histrax Holdings ltd , Inse Holding ltd , intinet operations ltd , Kenefald ltd , kensigton management inc , ksandro enterprise ltd , Kuser Capital Partners ltd , la coruna enterprises ltd , Lake Business ltd , landow development ltd , Larkol ltd , Larx Investments ltd , Marienna Commerce ltd , marta ross trading ltd , Melywood Holdings ltd , mh-tv producton limltdited , Moonlight Overseas Holdings , Mourain Business , Neoricaria ltd , niolax business inc , nippon trading ltd , novapark technics inc , olviedo investments , Oneprime Holding ltd , Paddyfield Investments ltd , Phonrun Operation , Piop Services , portrex ltd , Power Enterprises , prosperity developments s.a, Qwerty Business inc , Resrex Trans ltd , Richper Capital ltd , Rockcress Holdings ltd , Rose Invest Management s.a , Rossseu Business Group , Rowen Trade inc , Sharonrich Estate llp , sherell limited , skycone limited , Soprema Trading ltd , Starfront Enterprises , Stock Energy Company inc , Stoven Business ltd., s.a , Strafford Shipping ltd, Strex Capital ltd , Subfor Management ltd , Sunil Overseas ltd , Swisspro Capital ltd , Tm Service Limited , Torcroft ltd , Trejoli Business ltd , Trilado Enterprise inc , Turnox Capital ltd , ubmh broadcast media holdings , UMH Group Public ltd , United Advertising Global ltd , United Media Holding N.V , UOV (United Online Ventures ltd) , Vargas Consulting inc , Vegon Enterprises ltd , Vernell Capital ltd , Vestorgia Holdings ltd , vetek gas trading and supply sa , Vetek Management ltd , Vetek Trade ltd , Vetek Trading ltd, Vetek Trading sa, vinaceous holdings ltd, Violanex Group ltd , wells tech ltd, White Springs Investment Assets Corp , Whitemont Intertrade ltd , zevidon trading ltd , Sparschwein Gas Handels gmbh , Sparschwein Gas gmbh , Flussiggasvertried GMBH Carola Wurzbacher , LPG Trading gmbh, Eelbrus s.a , Katiema Enterprises ltd , Loricom Holding Group , foxtron networks limited , foxtron networks ltd , Wonderbliss Ltd , Sabulong Trading ltd , Kviten Solution ltd , Baleingate Finance ltd , akemi management ltd , LLC Syepek , "Sepek" llc , "GasUkraine-2009" llc , Brightmoor Trade AG , ηε 320554 , Vitali Trading ltd , Raytech Commerce ltd , Quickpace ltd , Wellar Investments inc , Opalcore ltd , PJSC "Football Club "Metalist" , LLC "Metalist Football Club" , Stichting Depositary Donau Investment Fund , "GasUkraine-2020" llc , ЗАТ "ВНЕШТОРГСЕРВІС"ЗАТ "КОМПАНІЯ "ГАЗ-АЛЬЯНС" , LLC "VETEK MEDIA INVEST" , "VETEK NEFTEPRODUK" LLC , LLC "Trade House Vetek" , VETEK GAS TRADE HOUSE LLC , LLC "Ankona-Torg" , LLC "Amadina" , LLC "Muine" , LLC "Ultrastarinvest" , LLC "Aminami" , LLC "Gazneft-Service" , LLC "Inam" , LLC "Alconost" , LLC "Higan" , LLC "All-Ukrainian Industrial Union" , PJSC "Odessa Oil Refinery Plant" , JSC "Brokbusinessbank" , LLC "Energy and Gas Ukraine" , LLC "Radio "Trust" , LLC "Kros-Video" , LLC "Step2cross" ,LLC "Vetek Media" , LLC "Digimedia" , Banok Invest and Trade Inc. , Rainbowfield ltd , Bold Finance Holdings AG, Bitkeep Development llp , Lexford Systems, Zalika ltd, LLC "Kyiv-Press" , LLC Ostro , ТОВ "МЕНКАЛІНАН" , ТОВ"НАФТОРЕСУРС РЕГІОН ТРЕЙДИНГ" , Crumlin Corporation s.a, Private Joint-Stock Company "Our Radio" , Fendvord Project llp , LLC "Our Participant" , LLC Tvoya Presa , Closed Joint-Stock Company "Top Secret Media", EUROPA REALT CONSULTING LLC , LLC Falanga , Joint-Stock Company "At the Steering Wheel", Trafenfor llp, LLC "Ukrainian Media Group" , LLC "Laguna - Reni" , Ebold Finance Holdings AG , LLC "Mirta State" , LLC Ukrainian Media Holding , Private Joint Stock Company U.F.C. , LLC "Good Product Trade" , Lomond Management ltd, LLC "Mirta Grad" , Farell Marketing inc, LLC "Parity Business" , LLC "Metalist - Arena" , Vestar Management s.a, Larkin Alliance s.a, LLC "Ankerprom Group" , LLC "Promline Union" , LLC MS-1 , LLC "Perspective Monolit" , State Enterprise "Novyi Obriy" , LLC Metalist Holding , Grand&Rend ltd, LLC "Liberty Finance" , Destu Capital llp , Canyon Capital inc , Celestia Limited, Fincorp Resources llp , Elaine Group Invest ltd, ТОВ "КАЛИНА ЦЕНТР" , ТОВ "ІМПЕРІАЛ-БІЛДІНГ" , Naftoproduct Plus LLC , LYBSTER OVERSEAS LTD , Harin Enterprises Corp., BERWYN ENTERPRISES CORP 1

Suspected or confirmed links to bank accounts

$2 million in bank account in Switzerland, Latvian bank accounts. 1, 2

Estimates of assets frozen or confiscated

Assets worth $2 million in Switzerland, 80 million USD held in Latvian bank accounts, later seized by the Latvian state. 1, 2

Estimates of assets returned


Type of sanctions
Asset freeze and prohibition to make funds available
Start of sanctions