Chairman of the Board of Oschadbank Andriy Pyshniy has said that over $1 billion remains in the accounts of Ukraine`s former top officials — ex-President Viktor Yanukovych and ex-PM Mykola Azarov.
”Over $1.150 billion. I cannot comment on some things due to banking secrecy. And I am asking to take this into account. There is a strict requirement of the law, and the law is above all. I would like to tell of some things, but I can`t. The amount [of money] is already known. This is their cash money in the accounts and assets in securities,” he said in an interview with LB.ua.
As UNIAN reported earlier, in June 2014, the Financial Monitoring Service of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Financial Intelligence revealed 42 non-resident companies, affiliated with ex-President Yanukovych, blocking in the accounts of 19 of these companies a total of $1.5 billion. Most of the funds used to be channeled through offshore companies to buy Ukraine`s domestic loan bonds. Prime Minister Yatsenyuk then appealed to the Prosecutor General, the Security Service and the courts to accelerate consideration the inquiry and return the money to the state budget.
In September 2016, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman called on People`s Deputies to adopt the draft law on special confiscation as soon as possible. He noted that the blocking by the Verkhovna Rada of the process of the recovery of assets stolen by the Yanukovych regime may lead to the fact that this money would be lost for good.
On September 14, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine tabled in the Verkhovna Rada an updated bill on special confiscation, which, if adopted, will provide for the confiscation to the state budget $1.5 billion, arrested in the Oshchadbank accounts of the officials of Yanukovych`s regime.