Switzerland freezes multimillion assets of Yanukovich and his team - report
MOSCOW, May 5 (RAPSI) - Federal prosecutor of Switzerland has ordered the freeze of around 170 million Swiss francs ($ 193 million) of assets belonging to Viktor Yanukovich and his team, Reuters reported on Sunday citing the Swiss newspaper Zentralschweiz am Sonntag.
The prosecutor’s office has reportedly launched five investigations against the individuals suspected of money laundering.
According to the newspaper, the list of frozen assets partially repeats a previous freezing order.
In late February, the Swiss authorities froze the assets of 20 Ukrainians including Yanukovich, former prosecutor general Viktor Pshonka and former Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov. In March, the assets belonging to nine more Ukrainian officials and their relatives were frozen.
On February 22, radicals seized power in violation of the February 21 agreement on the settlement of the crisis, signed by Ukraine’s opposition leaders and President Viktor Yanukovich in the presence of the French, German and Polish foreign ministers. The Verkhovna Rada announced the deposition of Yanukovich, reinstated the 2004 constitution and set early presidential elections for May 25. Moscow questions the legitimacy of the Rada’s decisions.