Viciunu Grupe (Viciunai Group), a business group producing and selling seafood and other food products, owned by Visvaldas Matijosaitis, mayor of Lithuania’s second-largest city of Kaunas, and his business partner Liudas Skierus, has refrained to comment on a recent decision by Ukraine’s National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) to add it to the list of international war sponsors because it continues its operations in Russia.
“This time, Viciunu Grupe refrains from commenting,” the company told BNS when asked to comment on such a decision and also asked at what stage it is in its efforts to exit the Russian market.
According to the Ukrainian agency, the Lithuanian group “is conducting its business in Russia as usual without any layoffs, successfully defending the Russian trademark in court, and continuing to recruit staff for its subsidiaries, supporting the labor market in Russia”.
The Lithuanian group’s owners say they have been unsuccessfully trying to sell their business in Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad since the spring of 2022 when Russian invaded Ukraine.
According to information available to BNS, once a potential buyer is found, the deal will be considered by the Russian government’s commission controlling foreign investments.
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