Italy’s New COVID-19 App Tracks Contacts and Protects Privacy

Italy’s new contact tracing app for the coronavirus is about to be launched in a number of pilot regions. It will be available to everyone in the country on a voluntary basis and will guarantee the privacy of users, officials who commissioned its development say.
 
Italians will be able to download the contact tracing app on their mobile phones that will help combat the spread of the coronavirus, starting May 29.  “Immuni” was developed at the request of Italy’s Ministry of Innovation Technology and Digital Transformation. Paolo de Rosa, its chief technology officer, says the app can speed up the process of finding people who have had contact with the coronavirus.
    
“The app is able to do that in a privacy-preserving way so it is not like the traditional approach where you need to identify people. In this case there is only an alerting of people that have been in contact with someone that result positive,” de Rosa said.
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Those alerted they have come close to someone that has tested positive for the coronavirus can quickly take action and contact health authorities or their personal physician.
 
De Rosa stressed that privacy is guaranteed as special measures have been taken and it would be extremely difficult to identify anyone using the app. The only data that a user must provide is the territorial province to which he or she belongs.
 
For the app to be fully effective, de Rosa said, there needs to be a significant amount of people using it, up to 60 percent, but that is only if one does not take into consideration other factors like social distancing. In any case, de Rosa is convinced that it will be a useful tool to have on one’s phone. “This is a very bleeding edge technology, very few countries in the world have used it,” he said.
    
Creating the app was no easy matter, de Rosa said, adding trade-offs had to be made between the requirements of health authorities and privacy. Knowledge was shared with many other countries as well, but no one really knew what the best app needed to look like. With such a highly infectious virus, the need for a tool that would help speed up contact tracing was considered essential to break the chain of the contagion.

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Swedish Foreign Minister Defends COVID-19 Response 

Sweden’s foreign minister has defended the nation’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic after a recent “week-by-week measurement of mortality” that shows the Scandinavian country as having one of the highest rates in the world. The website Ourworldindata.org reported that for seven days between May 12 and 19, Sweden reported, on average, 6.25 COVID-19 deaths per million per day. That was the highest in Europe. At a news conference in Stockholm Tuesday, Foreign Minister Ann Linde called those numbers “a concern” and “tragic,” but she said Sweden did not quickly get high mortality rates as some other countries did, nor would it get quickly, radically, low numbers.  FILE – Young people hang out outside a restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden, April 8, 2020.She said the nation’s strategy is not based on a “week-by-week measurement of mortality. It is based on a long-term perspective on how we can save lives, protect our health care system, and make sure our society and the population will go as unharmed as possible.”  Linde said it was a myth that life has gone on “as normal” in Sweden during the pandemic, saying while there has been no full lockdown, many parts of the nation’s society have been shut down. She said that transmission of COVID-19 is slowing down in Sweden, the treatment of patients in intensive care is decreasing significantly, and “the rising death toll curve has been flattened.” She added, “This is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.” The coronavirus causes the COVID-19 disease. Sweden’s relatively “soft approach” to the pandemic banned large gatherings but restaurants and schools for younger children have stayed open. The government has urged social distancing, and Swedes have largely complied. But the country also has more than 4,120 fatalities from COVID-19, almost 40 deaths per 100,000 people, compared with about 10 per 100,000 in neighboring Denmark and just more than four per 100,000 in Norway, which imposed stricter lockdowns early on.  

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Macau Gambling Tycoon Stanley Ho Dies at Age 98

Stanley Ho, the man credited with transforming Macau from a sleepy former Portuguese colony into one of the world’s gambling meccas, has died at the age of 98. His daughter, Pansy, said Ho died Tuesday at a hospital in his native Hong Kong. The son of a once-influential and wealthy Hong Kong family who lost their fortune in the Great Depression of the 1930s, Stanley Ho escaped to Macau during World War Two when Japanese forces captured Hong Kong.  He built his fortune smuggling luxury goods from Macau to China, turning that into a successful trading company.  Ho’s gambling empire began when he successfully bid for a casino monopoly from Portuguese authorities in 1962.  He built a harbor to ferry high-stakes gamblers from Hong Kong to his casino, and also had stakes in numerous businesses in the enclave, including department stores, luxury hotels and horse racing tracks.   By the time China gained control of Macau and opened it to foreign competition in 2002, Ho had become notorious not only for his wealth but his flamboyant lifestyle, his love of ballroom dancing and the 17 children he fathered with four wives.  He was forced to restructure his business in 2012 after a legal battle broke out within the family. Ho was also dogged by allegations that he had ties to Chinese criminal gangs known as triads, which he denied.  

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William Small, ‘Hero to Journalism’ at CBS, NBC, Dies at 93 

Longtime broadcast news executive William J. Small, who led CBS News’ Washington coverage during the civil rights movement, Vietnam War and Watergate and was later president of NBC News and United Press International, died Sunday, CBS News said. He was 93. Small, whose career spanned from overseeing the news operation at a small radio station to testifying in Congress about press freedom, died in a New York hospital after a brief illness unrelated to the coronavirus, the network said. During a six-decade career, Small supervised, guided and in some cases hired generations of some of the best-known reporters and anchors in television news, among them: Dan Rather, Eric Sevareid, Daniel Schorr, Connie Chung, Diane Sawyer, “60 Minutes” correspondents Ed Bradley and Lesley Stahl and “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer. “He was heroic and steadfast, especially during Watergate, when it seemed we were getting angry calls from the White House every night,” Stahl said in a statement. “He made us want to be better — and nobody wanted to disappoint him.” Small hired the current CBS News president, Susan Zirinsky, to her first job at the network when she was 20. She remembered Small as a “hero to journalism” and said, “every one of us carries Bill Small’s legacy with us — it’s the core to who we are as journalists.” Picture showing the logo of the NBC Television in front of the Channel building in Burbank, Calif., Oct.11, 2006.Small, born in 1926 in Chicago, broke into broadcasting after fighting in the Army in World War II, including stints as news director at WLS-AM in Chicago and WHAS-TV in Louisville. Less than a year after he arrived, the Kentucky station was honored in 1957 as the nation’s top news operation by the organization that is now known as the Radio Television Digital News Association. Impressed by Small’s work in Louisville, CBS executives hired him in 1962 to be assistant news director of the network’s Washington bureau. He was promoted to bureau director within a year and “put together a TV News bureau the likes of which Washington had never known,” reporter Roger Mudd wrote in his 2009 book, “The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News.” JFK assassinationEarly in his tenure, Small presided over the network’s coverage of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, scrambling cameras to the White House and Capitol Hill and turning a station wagon into a makeshift broadcast truck so they could get live pictures from Vice President Lyndon Johnson’s home. Small didn’t leave the bureau for four days, “from the shooting to the burial,” he told The Associated Press in 2013. “When I finally got home, I asked my wife, What was it like?' She said,There was no one on the streets. Everyone was watching television.'” Kennedy’s assassination marked a seminal moment for television, then still in its nascence, as a source of news and solace — from CBS anchor Walter Cronkite’s tearful announcement of the president’s death to live, wall-to-wall coverage of the funeral procession to Arlington National Cemetery. There would be others on Small’s watch, including clashes over civil rights legislation, bitter divides over the Vietnam War and the 1972 Watergate break-in that prompted myriad legal and journalistic inquiries into President Richard Nixon’s involvement and ultimately led to his resignation. “Backed by the mystique of Murrow’s CBS and his own uncanny judge of talent, Small helped attract a stream of reporters, analysts and producers whose learning, talent, skill and experience were without precedent in news broadcasting,” Mudd wrote, calling him a “sophisticated judge of journalistic horseflesh.” Small remained in charge of the Washington bureau until 1974, when CBS moved him to a senior position at its New York headquarters. Testified before Congress in 1978The promotion put him next in line to become president of CBS News, but after he testified before Congress in 1978 urging strong limits on police entering newsrooms, the network instead assigned him to be its chief lobbyist in Washington. Small defected to NBC in 1979, becoming president of the network’s news division and hiring away several CBS reporters, including Mudd and Marvin Kalb. In 1982, he became president of the UPI wire service. Small and his late wife, Gish, had two daughters and six grandchildren. He is the author of two books on the role of the media in politics and society, taught communications and media management at Fordham University and was on the sociology faculty at the University of Louisville. Small spent the last decade of his career as chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which hands out Emmy Awards for television news and documentaries, retiring in 2010. In 2014, the organization honored Small with its lifetime achievement award. In its presentation, it recognizing him as a television news icon whose work in Washington was “paramount in the dramatic evolution of network news that continues today.”  

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Jimmy Cobb, ‘Kind of Blue’ drummer for Miles Davis, dies

Jimmy Cobb, a percussionist and the last surviving member of Miles Davis’ 1959 Kind of Blue groundbreaking jazz album that transformed the genre and sparked several careers, died Sunday. His wife, Eleana Tee Cobb, announced on Facebook that her husband died at his New York City home from lung cancer. He was 91. Born in Washington, D.C., Cobb told The Associated Press in 2019 he listened to jazz albums and stayed up late to hear disc jockey Symphony Sid play jazz in New York City before launching his professional career. He said it was saxophonist Cannonball Adderley who recommended him to Davis, and he ended up playing on several Davis recordings. Cobb’s role as a drummer on the Kind of Blue jam session headed by Davis would forever change his career. That album also featured Adderley and John Coltrane. FILE – The “Kind of Blue” album cover is on display at Bull Moose record store in Portland, Maine, August 17, 2019, the 60th anniversary of the album’s release.Kind of Blue, released on Aug. 17, 1959, captured a moment when jazz was transforming from bebop to something newer, cooler and less structured. The full takes of the songs were recorded only once, with one exception, Cobb said. Freddie Freeloader needed to be played twice because Davis didn’t like a chord change on the first attempt, he said. Davis, who died in 1991, had some notes jotted down, but there weren’t pages of sheet music. It was up to the improvisers to fill the pages. “He’d say, ‘this is a ballad. I want it to sound like it’s floating.’ And I’d say, ‘OK,’ and that’s what it was,” Cobb recalled. The album received plenty of acclaim at the time, yet the critics, the band and the studio couldn’t have known it would enjoy such longevity. Cobb and his bandmates knew the album would be a hit but didn’t realize at the time how iconic it would become. “We knew it was pretty damned good,” Cobb joked. Kind of Blue has sold more than 4 million copies and remains the best-selling jazz album of all time. It also served as a protest album for African American men who looked to Davis and the other jazz musicians to break stereotypes about jazz and black humanity.  Cobb would also work with such artists as Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Wynton Kelly and Stan Getz. He’d also release a number of albums on his own. He performed well into his late 80s and played in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2017, as part of the New Mexico Jazz Festival. Jazz fans from throughout the American Southwest came to pay their respects in what many felt was a goodbye.  Cobb released his last album, This I Dig of You, with Smoke Sessions Records in August 2019. 

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Kazakhstan Adopts Controversial Law on Protests

Kazakhstan on Monday eased some restrictions on tightly-controlled public demonstrations but rights groups said they still fell short of international standards.Until now, protesters in the energy-rich country needed to apply for permission to hold a rally, and permits for political demonstrations were almost never granted.According to the legislation signed into law by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Monday, demonstrators should notify authorities in advance of a rally taking place in one or more of the areas designated by the authorities for holding protests.FILE – Then-acting President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev delivers a speech in Astana, Kazakhstan, March 20, 2019.It also barred foreigners from joining protests or organizing them.Shortly after taking office last year, Tokayev pledged to reform the post-Soviet country’s restrictive legislation on public assembly.Yevgeniy Zhovtis, director of the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, criticized the new law.”There is nothing in international conventions on freedom of assembly about some sort of ‘designated places’,” he told AFP.”There is either freedom to assemble or its lack,” he said after parliament passed the bill last week.Clement Nyaletsossi Voule, a U.N. envoy on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, said in April that parts of the new law “do not seem to be in line with international standards.”He called the notification process in the draft legislation “a de-facto approval procedure.”The draft law was also panned in late April by international rights groups in an open letter to the president.It was repeatedly criticized by local civil society activists, who said a national emergency imposed over the coronavirus pandemic had further limited space to debate the legislation.Tokayev, 67, has tried to position himself as a moderate reformer against the background of his predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev’s reign of three decades that saw regular crackdowns on opposition and the free press.Nazarbayev, 79, hand-picked Tokayev as his successor after retiring from the presidency in March 2019 but retained key posts — notably the powerful chairmanships of the country’s security council and ruling party. 
 

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Syrian Refugees in Turkey Gripped by Fear, Hunger

 The family’s two-room apartment slants downhill, and there is no running water.Three-year-old Zaineb is crying from hunger. The girl hasn’t eaten all day, says her mother, Ismahan, as she rolls rice into grape leaves for what will be the family’s evening meal.By afternoon, Zaineb, 3, cries because she hasn’t eaten any food and she is hungry, on May 20, 2020 in Istanbul. (Heather Murdock/VOA)They plucked the leaves from trees, she explains, because they can’t afford to buy them.Like many Syrian refugee families living in Turkey during the pandemic, they also cannot pay their rent.Eight people including Ismahan’s two children are crowded into the tiny apartment and an abandoned shelter nearby. The rent is only $30, very cheap for Istanbul, but they haven’t paid in two months.“The landlord says he will kick us out if we don’t pay,” says Ismahan. “He doesn’t like Syrians.”Across the country, families like hers have moved from poor to destitute as they are increasingly isolated by the pandemic lockdown.Most Syrian refugees rely on incomes from the country’s informal sector, in jobs such as cleaning, textiles, shop work and street sales. Most of these jobs have been wiped out since the onset of COVID-19.Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can
Syrian refugee Mohammed, 45, says since the pandemic began, he can no longer sleep because he’s worried about money, on May 20, 2020 in Istanbul. (Heather Murdock/VOA)Hostility and neglectA few kilometers away from Ismahan’s home, Mohammed, his wife Marwa and their five children live in a slightly more spacious apartment, paid for by a local charity.In early March, the family lived in another Turkish city, and Mohammed made money painting houses and fixing motorcycles. But when the government announced it was opening its border with Greece, Mohammed sold his furniture, and they headed for the border.Like tens of thousands of others, he thought this meant they could move to Europe.
However, Greece never opened its side of the border. After nearly two weeks camping in a petrol station, the family boarded a bus to Istanbul, homeless and broke. Aid groups met them at the bus station and helped them resettle.“But they told me they won’t pay our rent again,” says Mohammed, as his older children push his infant daughter around in an empty box that once contained food aid. “Now, I stay up all night, every night, worrying about how to keep my children off the streets.”Like in many places, the pandemic is straining Turkey’s economy, with the poorest people suffering the most, on May 20, 2020 in Istanbul. (Heather Murdock/VOA)Turkey hosts over 3.5 million Syrian refugees, more than any other country in the world. But as the country grows poorer, public resentment toward the refugees deepens.“People here tell us all the time, ‘Go back to your country,’” explains Mohammed. But as a former rebel fighter in Syria, he doesn’t have that option. “They think we are taking food from their mouths, but we are not. We are just trying to work to feed our families.”Marwa and four of her five children in a home paid for by charity for this month, in Istanbul, May 20, 2020. They don’t know how they can pay next month. (Heather Murdock/VOA)Mental strainIsolation from the pandemic has also brought back memories of the war, says Marwa, Mohammed’s wife, making her feel like she is reliving the worst moments of her life.“It is the same fear,” she continues. “In Syria, we were stuck in the house afraid of being killed by the bombs. Now, we are afraid of going out and getting the virus.”More than 5 million people have fled Syria in nine years of war, and nearly all of them have suffered some kind of mental trauma, says Dr. Mohammed Khaled Hamza, a neuropsychologist and mental health professor with Lamar University in Texas, after thousands of interviews with Syrian refugees.The impact of the war on Syrian families’ mental health is so great that Hamza and the Syrian American Medical Society call it “Human Devastation Syndrome.”Ismahan says these grape leaves rolled with rice and some yogurt is all they can afford for a day, on May 20, 2020 in Istanbul. (Heather Murdock/VOA)And for many Syrian refugees stuck in camps and on the fringes of society, the pandemic is making it worse.“It’s bad when you have health problems,” says Hamza. “But it’s much worse when you have health problems and don’t have enough money or the finances to treat yourself.”At his apartment in Istanbul, Mohammed describes increasing anxiety and feelings of depression caused by the financial strain.“When your children come to you and ask for food because they are hungry,” he says, “the hardest thing in the world is to say, ‘No, we don’t have any.’” 
 


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Morgan Wallen Arrested After Ejection from Nashville Bar

Country music singer Morgan Wallen apologized Sunday following his weekend arrest on public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges.
Wallen, 27, was arrested Saturday night after he was kicked out of Kid Rock’s bar in downtown Nashville, news outlets reported.
Wallen said on Twitter that he and some friends were “horse-playing” after a few bar stops.
“We didn’t mean any harm, and we want to say sorry to any bar staff or anyone that was affected,” Wallen tweeted. “Thank you to the local authorities for being so professional and doing their job with class. Love y’all.”
Wallen’s hits include “Whiskey Glasses” and “Chasin’ You.” He competed on “The Voice” in 2014 and co-wrote songs for Jason Aldean and Kane Brown.

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Шмигаль: ми чекаємо транш МВФ орієнтовно наступного тижня

Уряд України очікує транш від Міжнародного валютного фонду наступного тижня. Про це заявив в інтерв’ю «Інтерфакс-Україна» прем’єр-міністр України Денис Шмигаль.

«Ми з ними вийшли фактично на фінішну пряму. Умови зрозумілі, ми чекаємо транш орієнтовно наступного тижня. З точки зору розуміння ситуації, МВФ прийняло відповідні рішення, а ми виконали всі домовленості, які у нас були, не дивлячись на деякий скептицизм окремих експертів», – зазначив очільник уряду.

 

Верховна Рада 13 травня ухвалила в цілому законопроєкт про банки, необхідний для затвердження нової програми з Міжнародним валютним фондом (МВФ).

22 травня стало відомо, що Міжнародний валютний фонд (МВФ) домовився із владою України на рівні персоналу про нову угоду на суму 5 мільярдів доларів, щоб допомогти Києву впоратися з економічними наслідками від пандемії коронавірусу.

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Russian Prosecutors Seek Long Jail Term for Ex-US Marine on Spying Charges

Russian prosecutors have asked a Moscow court to find former Marine Paul Whelan guilty of espionage — a charge Whelan and U.S. officials vehemently deny — and sentence him to 18 years in prison.Whelan’s lawyer, Vladimir Zherebenkov, said on May 25 that the Moscow City Court set June 15 as the date to hand down its verdict after a high-profile trial that has strained ties with Washington.”Frankly speaking, we are all in shock,” Zherebenkov said outside the Moscow City Court, where the trial was held.According to Zherebenkov, his client reacted “with dignity” to the prosecutor’s demand, adding that, in all, 15 witnesses had testified at the trial.”The prosecutor questioned its four witnesses, who were mainly operatives of the secret service, while defense questioned its 11 witnesses, who are people Whelan was in touch with while in Russia. All of them testified that Paul had not ‘recruited’ anyone and had never collected any secret information,” Zherebenkov said.The 50-year-old Whelan, who also holds British, Canadian, and Irish citizenships, again told the court in his final statement that he was not guilty.Whelan was arrested in Moscow in December 2018 and in March of this year went on trial, despite the coronavirus pandemic and diplomatic protests.Prosecutors claim that a flash drive found in his possession contained classified information.He says he was framed when he took a USB drive from an acquaintance thinking it contained holiday photos and that the allegations of spying against him are politically motivated. He has also accused his prison guards of mistreatment.The trial was held behind closed doors because the evidence includes classified materials, as well as because of measures taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus.Whelan was head of global security at a U.S. auto-parts supplier at the time of his arrest. He and his relatives insist he visited Russia to attend a wedding.U.S. officials have urged Moscow to release Whelan and criticized the Russian authorities for their “shameful treatment” of him.
 

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In Race for Tourism, Greece Reopens Cafes, Island Ferries

Greece restarted regular ferry services to its islands Monday, and cafes and restaurants were also back open for business as the country accelerated efforts to salvage its tourism season.
Travel to the islands had been generally off-limits since a lockdown was imposed in late March to halt the spread of the coronavirus, with only goods suppliers and permanent residents allowed access.
But the country’s low infection rate in the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the government to start the holiday season three weeks earlier than the expected June 15 date, as other Mediterranean countries — including Italy, Spain and Turkey — are grappling with deadlier outbreaks.
At Bairaktaris restaurant on central Monastiraki Square in Athens, waiters and staff wearing purple face masks and some with plastic visors, sliced meat from the revolving gyros grill, arranged flowers on widely spaced tables and waited for customers, who remained cautious Monday.
Spiros Bairaktaris, the exuberant owner, is carrying on a family business running for 140 years and has framed pictures on the wall of himself sitting next to supermodel Naomi Campbell, singer Cesaria Evora, and other past celebrity customers. He says he’s optimistic about the season despite the slow start.
“This has never happened before,” he told the AP. “We normally sit 100 in the inside area, now it’ll be just 30. … There won’t be any bouzouki music or dancing until we get the all-clear from the doctors.
“But I think people from all over Europe will come here because we have a low death toll, thank God.”
Greece has had nearly 2,900 infections and 171 deaths from the virus. Italy has seen nearly 33,000 coronavirus patients die, Spain has had nearly 29,000 dead and Turkey has had 4,340 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Social distancing regulations and passenger limits have been imposed on ferries and at restaurants to ward off new infections.
State-run health services to combat the coronavirus are being expanded to the islands, with intensive care units being placed on five islands: Lesbos, Samos, Rhodes, Zakynthos, and Corfu, along with existing ICU facilities on the island of Crete.
Tourism is a vital part of the Greek economy, directly contributing more than 10% of the country’s GDP as Greece struggles to emerge from years of financial crisis. More than 34 million visitors traveled to Greece last year, spending 18.2 billion euros ($19.5 billion), according to government data.
With a view of the Acropolis and padded lounge seating, it’s usually hard for cafe goers to find a spot at Kayak, but midday Monday it was still largely empty.
“Eighty percent of our business is from tourism, and people in Greece are cautious, they fear they will lose their job,” owner Liza Meneretzi said. “I’ve been running the cafe for 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this. But I was born an optimist, so we’ll see how things go.” 

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«Приватбанк» хоче повернути 400 млн гривень, які стягнули на користь Суркісів

«Приватбанк» хоче повернути майже 407 мільйонів гривень, які у 2018 році суд стягнув на користь родини бізнесмена Ігоря Суркіса та його брата, народного депутата від «Опозиційної платформи – За життя» Григорія Суркіса в межах справ за позовами АТ «А-Банк» та ТОВ «ФК «Динамо Київ»

«Підставою для подачі заяв стало встановлення «Приватбанком» обставини, що сам пан Ігор Суркіс підтвердив свою спільну  власність з колишнім акціонером «Приватбанку» паном Ігорем Коломойським у медіагрупі «1+1». Таке підтвердження міститься в позові пана Суркіса, що був поданий співвласником «А-Банку» наприкінці минулого року до суду в Лондоні. Це є однією з підстав для висновку про його пов’язаність з «Приватбанком», – заявили в установі.

Раніше Ігор Суркіс заперечував, що володіння часткою в медіагрупі «1+1», тому «Приватбанк» вважає, що рішення в справах «А-Банку» та «Динамо Київ» мають бути переглянуті за нововиявленими обставинами. Також за цими обставинами має бути підтверджено законність визначення пана Ігоря Суркіса пов’язаною з «Приватбанком» особою.

15 червня Велика палата Верховного суду має продовжити розгляд справи № 826/20221/16 за позовом родини Суркісів про скасування рішення Національного банку України щодо визначення членів сім’ї Суркісів пов’язаними з АТ КБ «Приватбанк» особами і про визнання нечинними договорів обміну їхніх депозитів на акції додаткової емісії «Приватбанку» (bail in) і стягнення з державного нині «Приватбанку» 1 мільярда гривень.

У 2017 році суд першої інстанції, Окружний адміністративний суд міста Києва, задовольнив позов сім’ї Суркісів: Ігоря, Григорія, Рахміля (батька Ігоря й Григорія), Марини (дочки Ігоря), Світлани (дочки Григорія) Суркісів і Поліни Ковалик (дружини Григорія) – вони просили скасувати рішення НБУ № 105 від 13 грудня 2016 року, яким вони були визнані пов’язаними з банком особами, і постановив повернути їм 1,05 мільярда гривень, 266,2 тисячі доларів США і 7,8 тисячі євро. Київський апеляційний адміністративний суд тоді відхилив апеляційну скаргу на рішення суду першої інстанції.

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