28 October 2016

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27 retro cars of Ukraine's ex-president arrested

Kyiv's District Court seized 27 vintage cars from the fleet of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych stationed in his former lavish estate Mezhyhirya near Kyiv.

The court decision states that "a purpose of seizure is to ensure criminal proceedings and property confiscation takes place." The arrested vintage car fleet includes 1938 DKW Cabrio 750, 1943 WILLIS MB1|4 2200, 1968 VOLKSWAGEN CARAVELLE 2/0 and others, according to Ukraine Today.

35 cars and seven motorbikes - this is what Viktor Yanukovych left behind after secretly escaping from Ukraine. The activists who keep a strict eye on the auto park say there have been already numerous attempts of illegally taking the vehicles away, be it prosecutor's office investigators, former owners, or even filmmakers.

Recovering assets stolen by Yanukovych team impossible without Ukrainian court rulingsThere are only 21 cars in the garage out of 27 listed for the arrest. The rest might have been used in the process of Yanukovych's break-out, since it’s mostly the trucks that are lacking. The remaining vehicles are all luxury class - Ferraris, Lamborghinis, a unique model of ZIL, and such. There are only three such cars in the world, one belonging to Russian president Vladimir Putin, another - to his Kazakh colleague Nursultan Nazarbayev. Ukrainian ex-leader possessed the third one.

This car costs at least one million U.S. dollars, whereas this Audi produced in 1938 is invaluable. The prosecutors refused to give any comments on the issue, saying they still have to arrest another 14 cars.

Viktor 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 toward 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 officials according to Transparency International's Unmask the Corrupt campaign.

See’s video section for more of the latest news from Ukraine in video from Ukraine Today, Ukraine’s 24-hour English-language news channel.

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