Despite the abolition of the sanctions, the assets of ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov are still under arrest in Ukraine and abroad. Spokesperson of Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine Andriy Lysenko reported this on Facebook.
“Practically all detected assets of the former high-level officials (allies) of Yanukovych’s time, including Azarov, are arrested within the proper criminal proceeding both in Ukraine and abroad. The arrest of the mentioned assets on the criminal proceedings will be extended regardless the action of the administrative sanctions of the EU and Switzerland,” he said.
Besides, Lysenko emphasized that the abolition of the previous court decision of the Council of the EU on the sanctions against particular persons by the court does not influence the current sanctions regime of the EU.
“As for today, the administrative sanctions of the EU act against 13 Ukrainian ex-officials and against 18 more in Switzerland. As it became known, the government of Switzerland decided to extend the sanctions against the allies of Yanukovych for another year,” the message said.
Earlier, the European Court ruled to cancel the sanctions imposed on Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov in 2015.
Previously, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine received permission for a pre-trial investigation against the former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on suspicion of seizing LNG (liquefied natural gas) for 77.4 million dollars.
As it was previously reported, in January 2018, the Prosecutor General's Office announced suspicion to the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov and ex-head of the National Bank Serhiy Arbuzov. In particular, the ex-PM is suspected of illegal embezzlement of particularly large volumes of liquefied gas extracted by PJSC Ukrhazvydobuvannya and PJSC Ukrnafta. It is noted that this caused damage to the state in the amount of 77.4 million dollars.
The EU imposed the sanctions against Yanukovych and his sidekicks in March 2014, extending them annually.