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Ukrainian politicians funneled 3,5 billion USD into offshores in 2018

Author : Pavlo Kuzheev

Respondent : Mykola Azarov

Ukraine's former PM Azarov on Maidan crimes investigation, Yanukovych, and offshores
17:57, 16 February 2019

Unian

The verdict was that Yanukovych was sentenced to 13 years of jail in absentia. What can you say about it?

I closely followed the process. I want to say that the justice system in Ukraine has degraded. It used to be imperfect during our rule. But there was no such lawlessness, like today. The judge behaved like a puppet judge, all the time look inside the mouth of the Prosecutor's Office. In the meantime, after all, the aim of this process was to figure out the most important thing: how did the coup d'etat happen? Who stood behind it, who was responsible for killing people on the Maidan? Because I am 100% convinced that neither Yanukovych nor the law-enforcers of that time, could order or participate in this matter. Moreover, a huge number of witnesses, whom the court refused to interrogate, showed that Parubiy (current parliamentary speaker, - ed.), Pashynsky (Ukrainian MP, Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine in May – June 201, - ed.), Turchynov (National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Secretary, - ed.) were behind these murders on the Maidan. And this truth, it is very unpleasant. Therefore, it is easy to pin all this on Yanukovych, to close the case, to boast that such a tyrant has been convicted.

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Yanukovych stated that he’s got blaved by the Western politicians during the anti-crisis negotiations.

I met with Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State Victoria Nuland. She told that they had no complaints against us, they had no complaints about Yanukovych, but she said we needed to create a government of national unity. That is, she suggested including Yatsenyuk (13th Prime Minister of Ukraine, - ed.), Klitschko (Ukrainian politician and former professional boxer, - ed.), someone else into our government. At first, I told her diplomatically that, actually, we have a coalition government, the coalition does not have a majority in parliament, the parliament voted for the trust of this government. And therefore there are no legal grounds for including these figures in the government. I also advised Viktor Yanukovych to answer the same in his conversations with Biden (47th vice president of the United States, - ed.), who repeatedly told him what kind of government should be in Ukraine. You see, here we seem to stand for Ukraine’s independence, but we assume that some deputy state secretary dictates who should be in our government.

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Many people in Ukraine blame you and Yanukovych of the annexation of Crimea and Donbas war and wish you all the worst.

To all those who wish me a bad outcome, I wish all the best and good health. I have nothing to do with the conflict in Donbas. I resigned on January 28, 2014, and did not take any decisions after that time. But the basis of the conflict is a coup d'état. If there were no coup d'état, early elections wouldn’t take place, Crimea would stay Ukrainian, as well as Donbas. There would be peace and stability.

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I’ve heard that Party of Regions (Yanukovych’s party) has created a so-called slush fund out of the money which came from the foreign credits.

This is complete nonsense. Why no one says that last year [Ukrainian politicians] have funneled 3,5 billion USD into the offshores. I took the information of the National Bank, looked at the current account and calculated that Ukraine has borrowed 3 billion of credit resources, and put 3,5 billion aside in offshore. I know the FBI is investigating it now. Their representative came to Moscow, met with some of our people who also came here and testified. Many like to speak about some golden toilets or loaves, about KamAZ trucks loaded with dollars. Where are these KamAZ trucks? How could they drive away [to Russia] across the whole country? Why for five years the law enforcers have not found a single witness, a single document?

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