According to the Embassy of Bitcoin website, the Bitcoin Embassy in Ukraine building was dismantled and destroyed last week, on February 12th. The building was located in Kyiv, the country’s capital city, precisely in the Lvivska square.
Purportedly, workers of a communal enterprise dismantled a building in which a bookstore and the “Bitcoin Embassy in Ukraine” were based. Reports from the scene did not mention any conflicts in the zone nearby.
Informator reported that employees of the Department of Urban Improvement of Kyiv dismantled the Bitcoin Embassy in Ukraine, which is recognized as a small architectural form (MAF).
Ukraine’s Bitcoin Embassy was properly registered as a non-residential building under the number 906987180000 on the right of private ownership of the Ukraine citizens, on the basis of the decision on state registration of rights and their encumbrance’s No. 29342816.
The indicated information is confirmed by the Information Reference from the State Register of Real Property Rights and the Register of Property Rights to Real Estate, the State Register of Mortgages, and the Unified Register of Exclusions of Real Estate Assets with respect to Real Estate Objects, under No. 57803370.
The building is protected by the Constitution of Ukraine, as well as the Civil Code, since it is a full-fledged property. According to Ukraine’s current legislations, “the demolition of immovable property in the event of the existence of appropriate grounds is conducted solely on the basis of a court decision.” In particular, in accordance with Article 41 of the Constitution of Ukraine, the right of private property shall be acquired in the manner prescribed by law.
The organization known by the name of “Bitcoin Embassy in Ukraine” was launched by the founder and CEO of the Kuna cryptocurrency exchange, Mikhail Chobanyan five years ago, in 2014, with educational purposes.
Respect to Private Property
Elemental law states that forced alienation of objects of the right of private property can be applied only as an exception to the motives of public necessity, on the basis and in the manner prescribed by law, and subject to the prior and full reimbursement of their value. Forced alienation of such objects with subsequent full reimbursement of their value is allowed only in conditions of martial law or state of emergency, with confiscation being only an option if a court decides so.
The dismantling of Ukraine’s Bitcoin Embassy is not condoned by the Ukrainian law under any circumstances. The Civil Code’s Article 321 states that property rights are inviolable. No one shall be unlawfully deprived of this right or limited in its exercise, only in cases that the law establishes.
Therefore, authorized people of the Kyivblaugustriy communal enterprise acted against Ukraine’s law. A police crew and investigation and operational groups were called. As a result, criminal proceedings have begun in the case of abuse of official position (Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine) by officials The Kyiv City Council (Kyiv city state administration) and the Department of Urban Improvement, under No. 12019100100001396 of 12.02.2019. The owner of the real estate object – was involved as a victim to these criminal proceedings. A similar scenario took place on February 13th, and the police once again showed up in the spot to restore order and protect the rights of the property’s owner.
“We believe that the actions of authorized persons of the Department of Municipal improvements of the Kyiv City Council (Kyiv City State Administration) and utility “Kyyivblahoustriy” of the Kyiv City Council (Kyiv City State Administration) on dismantling the property at Kyiv, Lviv square 1, are inadmissible and illegal because they violate the right guaranteed by the Constitution of Ukraine to the inviolability of private property and the requirements of the current legislation of Ukraine regarding the possibility of demolition of the property only by a court decision,” was the official statement of Ukraine’s Embassy of Bitcoin.
By Andres Chavez