This was announced by Prime Minister Yatsenyuk today at ameeting of the Government, Censor.NET reports citing LigaBusinessInform.
"Our financialintelligence ... identified 42 non-resident companies registered inCyprus, Panama, UK, Belize, Seychelles which are directly connectedwith Viktor Yanukovych and his closest associates. From 2010 to2013 the above mentioned companies through the accounts opened inbanks of one of the neighboring countries have transferred thetotal amount of 16 billion hryvnias," Yatsenyuksaid.
According to thePrime Minister, Ukraine has identified all of the above offshorecompanies, all the names of senior officials and their authorizedpersons who managed the companies and funds in cooperation withfinancial intelligence United States, Great Britain, Latvia,Cyprus, and Panama. The State Service for Financial Monitoringblocked the funds in the accounts of 19 non-residentcompanies.
"The total amountof frozen funds constitutes 1 billion 340 million U.S. dollars," hesaid.
Investigationmaterials were passed on to the Prosecutor General, the court'sdecision confirmed the arrest of these funds. "I would also like tonote that a significant portion of the funds was channeled throughoffshore companies to purchase domestic treasury bonds of Ukraineand Ukraine paid up to 19% annual interest on the money they havestolen," he said.
Yatsenyukaddressed the Prosecutor General, the Security Service and thecourts demanding all arrested funds to be officially returned tothe state budget. "We are talking about billions of dollarsarrested in the accounts. We have all the evidence that it is moneystolen from the Ukrainians. Therefore, we expect the completion ofa court review and a very active role of the prosecution ininvestigation and return of the funds to the property of theUkrainian state, " the Prime Minister said.