The Kyiv Appeal Court has confirmed that Dmytro Kiva remains the legitimate president and chief designer of the Antonov state enterprise, the press service of Antonov has announced.

On September 10, the Kyiv Appeal Court rejected Deputy Minister of Industrial Policy Oleksandr Kalenkov’s appeal against the Solomensky District Court of Kiev’s decision of 2 July 2014 that declared the Industrial Policy Ministry’s order on dismissal of Kiva illegal and canceled it.

Thus, the Solomensky District Court’s decision remains in force.

As reported, the District Administrative Court of Kyiv issued a ruling confirming Kiva’s authority as the head of the Antonov on 3 September and prohibited state registrars to take any action to change the Unified State Register in connection with this post.

Kalenkov issued orders dismissing Kiva from the post of president of Antonov and appointing Serhii Merenkov as the state enterprise’s acting president in May and July 2014. On 1 August and 3 September, Antonov’s employees expelled Merenkov from the territory of the state enterprise during attempts to seize control of the enterprise.

According to the Ilyashev & Partners law firm, which represents the interests of Antonov, Merenkov was dismissed from Antonov in 2006 for disclosing information classified as state secret, and his access to state secrets was revoked.