Tobacco monopoly “Tedis” asked for protection from Poroshenko and Avakov

Beneficiaries tobacco distributor “Tedis-Ukraine”, who is suspected of tax evasion and the financing of terrorism, addressed to the top management of Ukraine to protect their interests. About it “Today” reported in the company.

“In connection with the situation on the tobacco market of Ukraine, foreign owners of a significant part of Ukrainian companies Ukraine TEDIS Richard Duxbury and Richard Dorian Fenhalls appealed to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko and the Minister of internal Affairs Arsen Avakov with the aim of protecting the interests of foreign investors and their business in Ukraine”, – stated in the message of the company.

The beneficiaries of the “Tedis” warning that the situation “can serve as a serious negative signal to all foreign investors who invest their capital in the Ukrainian economy”.

“We urge you, Mr. President, to restore a fair balance of interests between business and government, so that the company TEDIS Ukraine managed as soon as possible to resume their activities in the interests of all stakeholders,” said the owners in his address to Poroshenko.

In the “Tedis” to emphasize that without exception, all the company’s Bank account was arrested. Also seized was the product, the estimated cost of which exceeds 1 billion UAH. “As a result, it virtually paralyzed the activities of the company. If this situation continues, it will affect the business, its commercial partners, the welfare of its employees and, ultimately, on our investments”, – noted in the company.

Recall that in late March, the security forces exposed the scheme particularly major tax evasion and illegal transfer of billions of hryvnia from Ukraine through the company “Tedis”. Including the company is accused of financing terrorism. However, TEDIS Ukraine denies all allegations of the Prosecutor General.

In addition, law enforcement officers raided the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukrainerelated to the tobacco distributor. Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko explained check that the AMC did not take measures for prevention of monopoly TEDIS Ukraine.

Tedis-Ukraine” (earlier “Metropolis”) – a distributor of tobacco products in Ukraine. The company is in the TOP 20 largest in Ukraine and full control of the market distribution of tobacco products. For many years the company has collaborated with international manufacturers of tobacco products: JapanTobacco International, Philip Morris International, Imperial Tobacco Group, British American Tobacco, as well as with suppliers of lighters FireTime and Ringo Ltd. In 2014 and 2015, 100% made in Ukraine cigarettes were implemented “Tedis”.

In December 2016, the AMCU has fined the “Tedis” 431 million UAH for abuse of monopoly – the claim was to the pricing. In addition, according to AMC, “Tedis” partially refused to sell the product in the absence of alternative sellers.