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Heads of National Bank’s departments were not detained

Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine Yakiv Smoliy interrupted his business trip
13:29, 12 November 2019

National Bank of Ukraine

Law enforcement officers did not detain members of the board and directors of departments of the National Bank of Ukraine during investigations into the embezzlement of 48.9 million dollars. This was reported by the National Bank's press service.

Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine Yakiv Smoliy interrupted his business trip and returned to Ukraine due to investigative actions.

"The National Bank Board is outraged at the notice of suspicion handed by Law Enforcement Authorities to Former First Deputy Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine Oleksandr Pysaruk. Together with the first post-revolutionary Central Bank management team, he stood at the origins of banking sector reform, thanks to which we have solid, transparent and secured banks,” the statement informs.

The National Bank of Ukraine recalled that its decisions are made by a board, which "makes it impossible for a decisive influence of one person on the process of making such decisions".

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As we reported earlier, on the evening of November 11, it became known that the National Anti-Corruption Bureau detained seven people, former and current officials of the National Bank of Ukraine, VAB Bank PJSC and private companies tied to the final beneficiaries of this bank. Among the detainees is Gontareva's former First Deputy, and Chairman of the Board of Raiffeisen Bank Aval, Oleksandr Pysaruk.

Novoe Vremia agency citing its own sources, reported that employees of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) are in the office of Raiffeisen Bank Aval, where they plan to detain its Chairman of board Pysaruk. LIGA.net, citing a source at the Prosecutor General's Office, wrote that the bank was searched.

Soon ex-People's Deputy Serhiy Leshchenko informed that Pysaruk is figurant in the case on embezzling the refinancing of 48.9 million dollars allocated to one of the banks of agrarian oligarch Oleh Bakhmatyuk - VAB Bank PJSC. According to him, Bakhmatyuk maвe a down payment less than the amount needed to obtain a loan of 48.9 million dollars from the National Bank, after which the money was withdrawn from the bank and Bakhmatyuk fled from Ukraine.   

Related: Ukraine's Security Service detects embezzlement of budget funds committed by Kyiv City State Administration officials

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