Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk appealed to Parliament to urgently get back
to voting the bill on the confiscation of US$
1.5 billion of the former regime. The failure to support this
law means “to whitewash the
crimes of the former regime” – the PM has announced
at a Government meeting today, Wednesday, March 16.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk has
reminded that yesterday the Parliament of Ukraine failed
to support the law which provides an opportunity for Ukrainian law enforcement
to confiscate US$1 billion 520 million that had
been plundered by the former regime. According to
him, the aforesaid sum was arrested by a
governmental body – the State
Financial Monitoring Service of Ukraine – back in 2014.
The owners of these assets are 42 non-resident companies registered
in Cyprus, the Seychelles, Panama, the UK, Belize: "The owners of these
companies are direct associates of Viktor Yanukovych and
his inner circle".
The Prime Minister demonstrated materials
containing the schemes
to funnel assets and concrete proofs
that "close associates of Viktor Yanukovych and him
personally appear direct or indirect owners of these
non-resident companies against which an investigation
Pursuant to the law of Ukraine on the state
budget, stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk, part of these funds should
be directed to the Ministry of Defence to cover state
demands in defence sector, whilst
the other part - on social and economic
development of the state.
He appealed to all political parties of
the democratic coalition: "Why didn’t you support the law yesterday?
Which of the democratic parties is willing
to protect the supporters of Yanukovych and hampers the chance
to confiscate the money stolen from people of
"We should check
yesterday’s results of voting
to answer this question", stressed the Head of Government.
"This was and still remains a
key demand of the Maidan and the Ukrainian people – to restore justice.
This sum worth US$ 1.5 billion might
be compared to as assistance from the Government of the United States
of America. Hence, who will dare to help
us, if funds that we arrested haven’t been forfeited throughout a
year and the investigation hasn’t been completed?", urged Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
"This is not politics, it is the whitewash
of the crimes of the former regime",
The Prime Minister of Ukraine called
on members of Parliament to promptly get back
to voting for a bill, "to provide a
procedural opportunity for Ukrainian law-enforcement system to carry out the
procedure of forfeiture and to recover money stolen from people to fill
the Ukrainian state treasury."
The Head of Government handed over
the relevant documents to the Minister of Internal Affairs of
Ukraine Arsen Avakov and appealed
to the Minister of the Interior "to contact
Western partners and ask law enforcement agencies of other
countries to help to find out
the ultimate owners of these companies and prevent an
opportunity to change companies owners abroad":
"To my mind, it is now being discussed. They
expect either the replacement of the Government or a change
of policy and positions. And then they will say that they
couldn't have confiscated (the funds)".
"It is crucial
to urgently adopt the law and enable prosecutors to
conclude an investigation and pursuant to the law to confiscate
these assets. Our western partners should help
the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies and the Ukrainian
people to facilitate the forfeiture of funds and to
prevent an opportunity to transfer ownership rights
regarding these 42 non-resident company to someone else who then,
through the judicial system of Ukraine, will make
money back and distribute it
not as expenditures in the state budget, but
among the other corrupt officials", said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.