Tenants of premises in historic part of Odesa claim forced eviction
KYIV. Feb 15 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Tenants of premises in the historic part of Odesa at 28, Bunin Street have claimed unlawful steps of law enforcers and the new owner of property during their eviction.
"What actually happened from a legal point of view? The Criminal Code states: this is Article 356 - unauthorized action. In addition, the Civil Code provides for abuse of rights (Article 13). Although someone has some rights, he is obliged to execute them in a legal way," Editor-in-Chief of the Your Hope Anti-corruption Herald newspaper Fedir Oleksiuk, who leased the premises, said at a press conference in Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday.
According to him, after the change of the owner of the property, without the presence of representatives of the new owner, by force, tenants were evicted from occupied premises.
"Upon the disappearance of material values and documents, criminal proceedings were opened under Part 3 of Article 185 ... In addition, I sent a statement on the obstruction of journalistic activities," he said.
Oleksiuk considers these steps as illegal seizure.
He said that the occupied premises belonged to Prometei Pivden LLC against which the court ruled to collect money and the premises were put up for sale.
"There is not a single decision that would indicate that Prometei Pivden is a debtor. However, the auctions were held," the editor-in-chief said.
"The winner was Natalia Sayenko, who in fact is a straw party who bought a lot of facilities in Odesa. Absolutely other people... who are actually buying real estate in Odesa in this way are behind this. Unfortunately, all this is done with the help of ordered court decisions and crime-sponsored cover, especially from the prosecutor's office," he said.
In turn, Volodymyr Drozdovsky, an employee of the publication, said: "The [video] footage that you saw when the fight broke out and an office worker was almost thrown out from the second floor happened after the police almost took the side of the illegal seizers."
However, Svitlana Sokolova, director of YUNISIA LLC, which is another tenant, also reported the loss of money, documents and stamps of her company during the eviction, as a result of which her activities were temporarily suspended.