Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, this luxurious shoes brand, with a
showroom in the very center of Kyiv belongs to Ukrainian wanted former Ecology
Minister Mykola Zlochevsky, who is wanted in Ukraine and presumably lives

An obvious
consonance between “Zlocci” and “Zlochevsky” is by far not the only evidence.
As Radio Svoboda has found out, Zlocci is registered to a Cyprus-based Ametosa
Investments Ltd. company that has the same address as Birtilina Consultings Ltd.,
which co-owns two estates on Kyiv Sea (Reservoir) coast together with Zlochevsky’s

daughter Karina Zlochevska has reposted a number of posts from Zlocci Facebook
page on her Facebook timeline, but deleted them after journalists asked Zlochevsky’s
spokesmen for a comment about the brand.


The produce
of Zlocci reflects Zlochevsky’s own taste for luxury.

The brand’s
shop is in Gorodetskoho Street, a mere block away from the place of the
EuroMaidan Revolution and the massacre of protestors that resulted, inter alia,
in turning Zlochevsky and other top officials into fugitives.

A stunning interior of the Zlocci boutique in Horodetskoho Street in Kyiv. (

The shop
sells men and women shoes and accessories made of crocodile and os
trich leather.
The shoes come in all colors, from black to hot pink. The prices here can make
a middle-class customer cry, e.g. a crocodile skin belt may cost Hr 60,000 –
and that’s after a discount.

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A logo of the brand Zlocci that, the investigation revealed, originates from the name Zlochevsky, is seen on a couch at the brand’s shop in Kyiv. (

Zlocci spokesman
refused to comment the shop’s link to the fugitive minister to Kyiv Post.

“We cannot,
or do not want to comment this. You may understand it as you want”, he said
over telephone.

held office in ecology ministry during President Viktor Yanukovych’s rule. He is
suspected of money laundering and is wanted by Prosecutor General’s Office on
charges of abuse of power and illicit enrichment.


Zlochevsky’s former boss Yanukovych preferred ostrich leather shoes even before
his presidency. He was photographed wearing extravagant ostrich shoes to the
meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in 2007 – a fact
that was noticed and covered by media.

recently, ostriches again let down the former president. In a BBC interview in June
he denied the ownership of his Mezhyhirya estate near Kyiv that included a private
zoo, but couldn’t help slipping that he “was supporting the
ostriches” that lived in the zoo. The remark shadowed the rest of the
interview, resulting in many jokes.

Now we can’t help but wonder if ostriches bring bad luck to Ukrainian politicians.

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