The money involved in the legal suit was placed in US and Swiss accounts by former Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko ,whose US prison term for extortion and money laundering ended one year ago. The US government is in an ongoing dispute regarding the ownership of around $260 million in assets gained through criminal activities.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Revenue and Duties has initiated legal proceedings to get its hands on that money. Who has the right to it is for the relevant foreign courts to decide, and international lawyers are doubtless needed.
Unfortunately, however, presentation of the legal proceedings both on state-controlled UTV-1, and by the legal firm itself, suggest different motivation.