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Making his first public appearance since fleeing Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych gives a news conference in southern Russia on February 28

Making his first public appearance since fleeing Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych gives a news conference in southern Russia on February 28

(Keystone)

The Swiss authorities have frozen the assets and bank accounts of a further nine people connected to Ukraine’s deposed president, Viktor Yanukovych.

They had already frozen all assets of Yanukovych, his son Alexander – both of whom are subjects of a Swiss money-laundering investigation – and about 20 more people.

On Monday, the asset freeze was extended to Yanukovych’s second son, also called Viktor, and Alexey Azarov, son of the former Ukrainian prime minister, Mykola Azarov. Also on the list are the former head of the secret services and the son of the general prosecutor.

It is not known how much money Ukrainian politicians and their families have in Switzerland.

Ukraine’s new prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk has accused the Yanukovych government of stripping state coffers bare, saying $37 billion (CHF33 billion) of credit it had received had disappeared.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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