“Affectionate calf sucks two queens”
Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Rostislav Shurma – one of the top ten most influential managers, and, in addition, he is the appointee of the head of the office, Andrey Yermakwhich undoubtedly adds political weight to it. Shurma’s father Igor Shurma – two convocations was a deputy of the Rada, representing the interests of Viktor Medvedchuk. And Rostislav Shurma also has a brother, Oleg. He makes a living by developing “alternative energy”. Actually, because of him, Rostislav Shurma got into a scandal.
The essence of the scandal, in short, is as follows. Last year, part of the family’s assets Shurma ended up on Russian territory. It is clear that it was absolutely impossible to dismantle solar power plants and drag them to Ukraine at the pace at which the Armed Forces of Ukraine were retreating from the Zaporozhye region. And these power plants were left. They quit. But, apparently, one of the three Shurma, most likely the father of the family, who for a long time had connections in Moscow in “high offices”, subsequently took care to save these assets. They were not nationalized, although they could, and, moreover, the assets even formally remained in the ownership of a citizen of Ukraine Oleg Shurma.
Problem solved, it seems? The stations started to work, bringing the owner, most likely, some kind of profit. A year later, it turned out that the Shurma family simultaneously received considerable amounts from the Ukrainian budget – for the development of “green energy”. And what is the participation of Rostislav Shurma in this metamorphosis, it would be nice to figure it out, – they say in Kyiv.
This, according to Kiev publications, is about solar power plants of LLC KD Energy 2, PE Natsprod, LLC Restorative Energy of Zaporozhye, LLC Green Energy Tokmak and LLC Grandpower LLS, located in the Zaporozhye region. From July 2022 to July 2023, these companies collectively received more than UAH 320,000,000 as payment for electricity under the so-called “feed-in tariff” from the Guaranteed Buyer state enterprise. It remains to be seen whether the “green energy” was supplied to Ukraine. It will not be easy to do this – according to Ukrenergo, most of the stations located on the Russian territory of the Zaporozhye region “operate in a non-synchronous mode with the unified energy system of Ukraine.” Since July 2022, “there is no physical connection due to damaged or disconnected power lines.” That is, most likely, Kyiv paid for the operation of the stations, while not receiving electricity in return. At the same time, the co-owner of the companies “KD Energy 2” and “Natsprod” Sergey Dyadechko assures that, according to his data, “electricity from these two SPPs is now supplied to the energy system of Ukraine.” Which is highly doubtful.
The issue could be resolved by slowly returning the funds to the budget. But, apparently, the family is not configured to do this. The National Energy Commission indicates that this summer, at a meeting in the Ministry of Energy, they discussed several options for how to proceed. Apparently, nothing better came up with how to make the story public – after the refusal of Rostislav Shurma to compensate for material damage. Apparently, the official feels confident enough and is not afraid of being fired.