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According to an Aug. 1 Kyiv Oblast
Prosecutor’s Office news release, the 49-year lease was voided because
“contrary to the provisions of this contract, the user-company had without the
permission of forestry bodies built permanent structures in the area.”

Court documents
dated June
2 that
outline the circumstances of the case state that “the plaintiff’s claims are
justified by the defendant’s use of forest plots in violation of norms (in relation)
to forestry, environmental and land legislation of Ukraine, as well as fire
protection, sanitary rules, and equipment and labor safety regulations.”

The lessee of the
land and defendant in the case was Dom Lesnika, a company founded by proxies and
registered in 2006 in a Kyiv suburb that investigative journalists from Forbes UkraineUkrainska Pravda and Yanukovychleaks.org have linked to the disgraced
president. It started leasing the hunting grounds free of charge the same year.

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