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 US pledges to give Ukraine back most of funds stolen by ex-PM Lazarenko, - Lutsenko

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The relevant United States agencies have assured Ukrainian authorities that the most of the funds embezzled by ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko will be transferred to Kyiv if the court decides to confiscate them.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, this was said by Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko.

"We also cooperate in the Lazarenko case investigation... We expect that it will be finally completed this year while the relevant U.S. agencies have assured Ukraine that it can count on receiving the most of the confiscated funds," the prosecutor general told a briefing in Kyiv on Monday.

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Deputy Prosecutor General Yevhen Yenin said last December that Ukraine expected to receive $280 million as part of the funds siphoned off by ex-PM Lazarenko.

"There are about $280 million, we are talking about several jurisdictions. The investigation ongoing in the U.S. is now at its final stage. After the U.S. makes decision under this civil action, we will be able to start negotiations with these five jurisdictions to reclaim the money," Yenin told reporters.

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According to him, Antigua and Barbuda, Guernsey, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, and Switzerland are meant.

Yenin also noted that Ukraine could count on the return of all the funds and was set to negotiate sharing of these assets.
 
 
 
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