"I do not need PrivatBank. But there were two billion dollars of capital there. Give them back, and all set," Kolomoyskyi said in an interview, when asked whether he plans to file new lawsuits demanding the compensation.
He added that if the court ruled that something had gone wrong or had been illegally done during the nationalization, then "we will somehow agree, decide or litigate."
"It’s not necessary to file a lawsuit immediately. I don’t understand the stance of the state. Do they want to keep PrivatBank? Let they keep it," the oligarch said.
According to him, the PrivatBank is a burden for the state.
He added that he expected a "just and fair trial and an impartial legal assessment [of the nationalization of the PrivatBank]" after the power is changed in Ukraine.
In December 2016, the Government of Ukraine, at the suggestion of the National Bank of Ukraine and the shareholders of PrivatBank (at that time the largest shareholders were Ihor Kolomoyskyi and Hennadiy Boholiubov), approved a decision on the nationalization of PrivatBank. The bank was transferred into the state ownership, and the state spent more than UAH 155 billion to increase its capitalization.
In September 2018, the Kyiv District Administrative Court confirmed the validity of the decision taken by the National Bank of Ukraine to classify the PrivatBank as insolvent, rejecting the suit of a bank’s client.
Recently, Kolomoyskyi stated that he hoped to receive compensation for PrivatBank after the elections.
The winner of the first round of the presidential elections, showman Volodymyr Zelenskyi said he did not understand why the nationalized PrivatBank should be returned to Kolomoyskyy and he did not care what would happen to Kolomoyskyi.