23 October 2016

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

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, according to Ukraine Today.

Photo from UNIAN
Photo from UNIAN

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

"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.

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.

New version of bill on asset recovery to be submitted to Rada – MPViktor Yanukovych fled his opulent mansion outside Kyiv in February 2014 following mass protests against his decision to reject an EU 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 ($160 million) to Ukraine.

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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