60 million franks frozen in Switzerland in case of Naftogaz’s funds embezzlement

Source : 112 Ukraine

There are two suspects in this case; both of them are citizens of Ukraine
14:00, 2 July 2019

The Swiss Prosecutor’s Office investigates the case in the laundering of money, which were, possibly, stolen from Naftogaz Ukraine. 60 million francs, withdrawn from Ukraine, were frozen in the country’s banks within the case, as DW reported.

According to the report of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Bern, the case is investigated on the suspicion of money laundering due to the possible embezzlement of the funds of Naftogaz state Ukrainian energy concern. According to the Swiss law enforcers, at the moment, 60 million francs are frozen at the Swiss banks within the criminal proceeding.

“The Federal Prosecutor’s Office of Switzerland notes that at the moment, there are two suspects in this case, both of them are citizens of Ukraine. One of them is suspected of money laundering and the second is suspected of complicity in laundering,” the message said.

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It is noted that the Federal Prosecutor’s Office provided the information on the case in suspicion in money laundering of Naftogaz, answering the response of DW on the funds at the account of the offshore company of the British Virgin Islands, which is considered to be controlled by MP Yevhen Bakulin by the Prosecutor General’s Office.

According to the investigation, $25 million were transferred to the Swiss account of this company when Bakulin headed Naftogaz (2010-2014). The daughter of the company’s ex-head stands as the nominal beneficial.

In spring 2018, Bakulin was put on the wanted list. He is suspected in the appropriation and embezzlement of property, participation in the criminal organization and laundering of money of criminal origin.


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