Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko has said during a presser in the Rada Monday that criminal activity of the former Ministry of Revenue`s top officials during the tenure of Ukraine`s disgraced ex-president Viktor Yanukovych resulted in damages to the state coffers totaling $40 billion, that`s according to expert estimates in a relevant criminal case.
”The Prosecutor General`s Office is investigating into the activities of the former Ukrainian president and his entourage. In one case alone, the one against the tax service top officials, the expert estimate damages worth $40 billion – the money which had been put in private pockets instead of the state coffers. This means that throughout two years of his reign, the former president and his entourage robbed the country of a sum equal to our annual budget,” said Lutsenko, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Ministry of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine was headed by Oleksandr Klymenko from December 2012 to February 2014. Klymenko belonged to the circle close to the then-president Viktor Yanukovych. After the Revolution of Dignity, he fled Ukraine.
According to the PGO, Klymenko is suspected of having committed a number of criminal offenses.
The ex-minister is suspected of participation in an organized criminal organization, the commission as part of it of particularly grave crimes against state property, crimes of average and small gravity in the field of economic and public activities, which resulted in serious consequences in the form of material damage to the state in the amount of UAH 3.1 billion, that is in especially large amount).