Ukrainian law enforcement authorities have opened a case against Booking.com for booking hotels in the Crimea, the Deputy of the faction of People's Front in the Verkhovna Rada, Georgiy Logvinsky, wrote on his Facebook page.
According to him, Booking.com is violating article 332-1, 191 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code (illegal transportation of people across the state border and appropriation, embezzlement of property). The website, the deputy says, should be blocked on the Ukrainian territory until the service removes the ability to book hotel rooms in the Crimea.
"Moreover, Booking.com should compensate Ukraine for all the money obtained illegally! And as an accomplice to crime it should face even more serious penalties such as the full compensation of the annexation of our property," Logvinsky writes.
Booking.com is an online hotel reservation system that was founded in Amsterdam in 1996. In 2005 the system was purchased by The Priceline Group company whose headquarters are located in Amsterdam.