From Odessa to Burgundy: The Tale of a Ukrainian Hunt for Justice

LA ROCHEPOT, France—It was 2014, and prosecutors were being closing in on an elusive Ukrainian businessman wished on fraud fees, when the scenario took an surprising flip. His dying certification and a cremation urn appeared on the doorstep of his relatives’ Odessa condominium.

The family members of 33-12 months-aged Dmitri Malinovsky held a funeral, donning black and weeping. But senior prosecutor Ihor Chorniy sensed a ruse. Reinforcing his suspicion, he afterwards stated, was a report from detectives that, at the funeral reception, Mr. Malinovsky’s wife…