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 Yanukovych stole equivalent of Ukraine's state budget as president, - prosecutor's office

The Prosecutor General's Office claims some $40 billion of public funds was stolen by Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych.

Deputy Prosecutor General Yevhen Yenin said on air of UMN, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"We estimate that some $40 billion was stolen during Viktor Yanukovych's rule. In two and a half years, they stole an approximate equivalent of Ukraine's state budget," he said.

According to Yenin, the criminal organization of Yanukovych was composed of several groups.

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"We have closely analyzed the activities of one of the seven wings of the criminal organization - the one that operated under cover of Kurchenko, Klymenko [Ukraine's former tax and revenue minister - ed.]. These individuals controlled certain spheres of the national economy of Ukraine. They collected about $100 million a month in cash in the Dnipropetrovsk region alone through the so-called encashment centers," the deputy prosecutor general said.

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The money was further laundered abroad and used to purchase real estate, football clubs, yachts, votes in the parliament or domestic government bonds, Yenin added.
 
 
 
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