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Member of National Bank’s Board put under house arrest

Source : 112 Ukraine

Pre-trial restriction in the form of a full-time house arrest was set for Mykola Kalensky
12:49, 13 November 2019

NBU

Supreme Anti-Corruption Court has set a pre-trial restriction for Mykola Kalensky, a member of the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). He is a defendant in the VAB Bank case, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

Kalenskyi was put under 24-hour house arrest with the alternative of bail in the amount of 817,597 dollars. His pre-trial restriction will last for 60 days.

It is worth noting that the prosecutors insisted on taking a member of the NBU Board into custody. The court did not support prosecutors' requests and opted for a milder measure of restraint, obliging the suspect not to leave the Kyiv region, wear an electronic bracelet, hand over the passports and not to communicate with other witnesses. It was reported that one of the witnesses is Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine Yakiv Smoliy.

Kalensky's lawyers insisted that the accusation was unjustified and that his detention was impossible due to his age and physical condition.

Related: Billion Matter: Detention of Raiffeisen Bank Aval CEO and involvement of Gontareva

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 of 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less than the amount needed to obtain a loan of 48.9 million dollars from the National Bank, after which the money was withdrawn from the bank and Bakhmatyuk fled from Ukraine.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: Heads of National Bank’s departments were not detained

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