This was announced by Prime Minister Yatsenyuk today at a meeting of the Government, Censor.NET reports citing LigaBusinessInform.
"Our financial intelligence ... identified 42 non-resident companies registered in Cyprus, Panama, UK, Belize, Seychelles which are directly connected with Viktor Yanukovych and his closest associates. From 2010 to 2013 the above mentioned companies through the accounts opened in banks of one of the neighboring countries have transferred the total amount of 16 billion hryvnias," Yatsenyuk said.
According to the Prime Minister, Ukraine has identified all of the above offshore companies, all the names of senior officials and their authorized persons who managed the companies and funds in cooperation with financial intelligence United States, Great Britain, Latvia, Cyprus, and Panama. The State Service for Financial Monitoring blocked the funds in the accounts of 19 non-resident companies.
"The total amount of frozen funds constitutes 1 billion 340 million U.S. dollars," he said.
Investigation materials were passed on to the Prosecutor General, the court's decision confirmed the arrest of these funds. "I would also like to note that a significant portion of the funds was channeled through offshore companies to purchase domestic treasury bonds of Ukraine and Ukraine paid up to 19% annual interest on the money they have stolen," he said.
Yatsenyuk addressed the Prosecutor General, the Security Service and the courts demanding all arrested funds to be officially returned to the state budget. "We are talking about billions of dollars arrested in the accounts. We have all the evidence that it is money stolen from the Ukrainians. Therefore, we expect the completion of a court review and a very active role of the prosecution in investigation and return of the funds to the property of the Ukrainian state, " the Prime Minister said.