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Tranquility Odessa – Irisha

August 24, 2012

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Serenity – Irisha

August 24, 2012

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Flowers – Irisha

August 24, 2012

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Odessa in bloom – Irisha

August 24, 2012

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Old Odessa

August 24, 2012

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Out of court settlements – Big business Odessa style

August 24, 2012

Out of court settlements as traditionally understood in the West have never really taken off in this part of the world.

Here things to to court, which may return a verdict based on the evidence.  Alternatively a court may return a verdict based on the highest bidder for whatever outcome is desired or indeed the desires of the local patriarchal system.

In a nutshell, depending upon your place in the social hierarchy, it may very well dictate what result you get from court in Ukraine.

However, if matters do not proceed to court, there is the traditional out of court settlement in these parts, which again depending upon your place in the hierarchy, may result in any number of extremely unpleasant occurrences.

Things can become very difficult in business for example.  The Tax authorities may take an overly zealous interest in you.  You may find it very difficult if not impossible to obtain the necessary licenses to carry out your business all of a sudden.  You may have a series of accidents varying in severity, and ultimately you may well receive a death sentence.

A death sentence would appear to be the latest out of court ruling in Odessa for one of its more prominent business people.

Sergei Brukvach, until 22nd August was the head of SM & Co in Odessa.  SM & Co are a reasonably well known construction company here.  They have built several upmarket buildings on some prime real estate land, including “Mercedes” in Shevchenko Park.

Now the purchase of land in such places as Shevchenko Park is not something available to just anybody.  For a start, to purchase land in Shevchenko runs into the multiple tens of millions US$.  Thus it is instantly cost prohibitive.  It also requires “knowing people” to insure you would get the plot at all.  There is then the planning and construction costs etc.

Not for the faint hearted and requiring the getting into bed with a very nefarious sort if you want to play in such a prime location with big money.

Anyway, after the success of the “Mercedes” complex S M & Co, with their backers seemingly went on to begin another complex called “Чудо-город” (Miracle City in English).  Here things seem to have come a little unstuck for S M & Co and in particular for Mr Brukvach to the point where he fell out with his criminal backers, allegedly owing them $500,000 and becoming part of an on-going criminal investigation.

So much so that he was put under special protection by the UBOP, a Ukrainian police unit tasked with tackling serious organised crime within Ukraine.

On 17th August that protection was mysteriously lifted, for reasons as yet unknown, and between 1800 and 1900 on 22 August, Mr Brukvach had been stabbed 13 times in the courtyard outside his office, with either a needle or an awl, which led to his death.

Indeed, as far as the murder weapon is concerned, the police may very well be looking for a needle in a huge haystack.

Needless to say, there will automatically be suspects in this case, and needless to say, it will be incredibly difficult to prove they ordered his killing as they certainly won’t have done it personally and no doubt will be alibied 100 times over.

The ultimate out of court settlement?  It seems quite likely in this case.

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