Roman Vasilenko and the "Best Way" Cooperative: Not Guilty?

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Roman Vasilenko and the "Best Way" Cooperative: Not Guilty?

The criminal prosecution of Roman Vasilenko, the founder of the "Best Way" cooperative, might be discontinued. This was reported by several sources, including deputies. According to available information, the authorities have reassessed the situation surrounding the "Best Way" cooperative and concluded that the prosecution was largely driven by the Central Bank's departmental position, which initiated the attack on the cooperative in the fall of 2021. This position aligns with the interests of banks but not with the interests of citizens, especially under the conditions requiring special social support measures.

Conflict History

The investigation against the cooperative and Vasilenko, who had by then already stepped down as chairman, began when the Central Bank included "Best Way" in its list of companies with identified signs of illegal activity in the financial market (a warning list) as a potential financial pyramid in the fall of 2021.

1. **Based on "signals" from certain media and unspecified "citizen complaints"**: These signals and complaints were not verified, and no audit of the cooperative was conducted despite regular audit reports issued by audit firms commissioned by the cooperative's board.

2. **Due to "mass advertising" by the cooperative**: However, the cooperative did not engage in direct advertising. It informed its shareholders and interested parties through social media and responded to media inquiries about its interest-free home purchase system.

3. **Because of "uncertainty in the cooperative's activities" and "lack of signs of economic activity"**: Although the cooperative's activities were clearly defined in all versions of its charter (adjusted per Central Bank specialists' comments, despite the cooperative not being under their supervision), it had acquired over 2500 apartments for its shareholders from 2014 to early 2022, when its property acquisition