Viktor Yanukovych: Austria ready to help Ukraine recover assets stolen by ex-president's allies

12:39 Jul. 13, 2016

Austria ready to help Ukraine recover assets stolen by ex-president's allies

Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, April 2, 2014 (AP Photo)

Top official of Yanukovych era is charged with embezzling and causing damage of some USD 160 million to Ukraine

Austrian Ambassador to Ukraine Hermine Poppeller proposed to deepen cooperation between the two countries on assets stolen by former members of the Ukrainian government under fugitive president Viktor Yanukovych*.

Hermine Poppeller met with Ukraine's Deputy Prosecutor General Yevhen Yenin, Ukraine's Prosecutor General reported on Tuesday, 12 July.

"The image of Austria and Ukraine is negatively affected by the fact that Yanukovych's allies possess assets in Austria they stole (from Ukraine). Therefore it is necessary to boost cooperation between our countries ", said Poppeller.

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She added at the meeting that Austria is ready to support Ukraine in reforming the Prosecutor agency and enhancing the bilateral cooperation in criminal justice to combat international crime.

* Viktor Yanukovych fled his opulent mansion outside Kyiv in February 2014 following mass protests against his decision to reject an E.U. Association Agreement and move the country towards Russia. The new Ukrainian government says Yanukovych and his associates stole tens of billions of dollars during his tenure. The top official of Yanukovych era is charged with embezzlement of state-owned assets and causing damage of some UAH 4 billion [USD 160 million] to Ukraine.

Read also Under The Umbrella: Russia 'covers' Ukraine's former President and PM

As of January 13, 2016, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was on the top of the list of the world's most corrupt persons according to Transparency International's Unmask the Corrupt campaign.

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