EU finds no assets of Yanukovych frozen by sanctions - law firm
The European Commission and the EU Member States have not identified funds or economic resources belonging to President Yanukovych frozen by EU sanctions, according to a press release by Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, a law firm based in London representing President Yanukovych and Oleksandr Viktorovych Yanukovych.
"Under Article 8 of Council Regulation (EU) No 208/2014, which imposed the European Union’s sanctions on President Yanukovych, EU Member States and others were required to inform the European Commission immediately of all and any information that they had regarding funds and economic resources owned or controlled by President Yanukovych which were frozen in accordance with the Regulation," the press release says.
"Despite the passage of three and a half years since the sanctions were imposed, and the reporting requirement just referred to, the European Commission has now formally confirmed that it has not received under that Article any information on funds or economic resources owned or controlled by President Yanukovych which were frozen as a result of the EU Sanctions," it said.
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In March 2017, Swiss authorities confirmed that there are no bank accounts or other assets in the name of Yanukovych in Switzerland.
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