International human rights organization Transparency International calls on the EU to maintain and increase political and economic sanctions against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and people from his entourage. This is stated in the message of Transparency International Ukraine (TI Ukraine), reports UNIAN.
It is noted that the second anniversary of the flight from the country Yanukovych Transparency International calls on Ukrainian authorities to conduct a full investigation of corruption crimes of the former President, «to administer justice» against him and to make efforts to return billions of stolen euros.
«International anti-corruption group and its representative offices in Ukraine, Russia and the UK also urged the European Union to maintain sanctions on Yanukovych and his immediate environment», — stated in the message.
Also reminded that people who recently participated in the international competition «Pluck the mask from corrupt» (Unmask the Corrupt), praised Yanukovych as one of the most exemplary cases of «elite corruption».
«Since Yanukovych fled to Russia in Ukraine almost nothing has been done to investigate many serious allegations of «elite corruption» against the former President and his henchmen,» – said the head of the Board of TI Ukraine Andriy marusov.
«But the courts release of Yanukovych’s accomplices, who were involved in acts of corruption; their Bank accounts and the state of defrosting, and the Ukrainian office of Interpol, it was filmed with Yanukovych and members of his «family» status of people who are wanted», — stressed in TI Ukraine.
«The Russian Federation plays a significant role in the fact that Yanukovych remains unpunished, because it refuses to extradite him to Ukraine. Russia refers to the current political situation and notes that can’t extradite him to Ukraine, since it received Russian citizenship», — remind in Transparency International.
However, according to the Convention of the United Nations Convention against corruption, which Russia signed and ratified in 2003, all signatories are required to take the materials to law enforcement bodies of the participating countries. Under the Convention, Russia must conduct an investigation against Yanukovych on its legislation. Therefore Transparency International calls on the Russian authorities to cooperate with Ukrainian in regard to the punishment of Yanukovych, whatever his nationality.
Transparency International encourages the European Union to renew and reinforce political and economic sanctions against «Yanukovych’s team». «Simply put, the EU should not allow politicians from corruption in the close environment of Yanukovych to cross their borders. TI calls for a boycott of their business and not to sign contracts with them», — added in the organization.
In addition, Transparency International supports the initiative of Ukrainian media guard, which invites advertisers (state bodies, legal entities and individuals) to boycott the media, owned by business partners of Yanukovych.
«After Yanukovych fled the UK has been involved in the laundering of the status of persons affiliated with his corrupt regime. British authorities need to be more careful in locating a stolen state and unjustified wealth, and this requires active support from their colleagues in Ukraine. At the same time, the UK requires systemic reforms, in particular, with regard to the ownership of the overseas territories to protect themselves from such precedents in the future. Prime Minister David Cameron rightly said that the UK should not become a Paradise for dirty money and the future of international anti-corruption summit, which will take place in London, is a great opportunity to start this process. Two years have passed, and we can’t allow Yanukovych and his henchmen get away. TI Britain supports the Ukrainian representation of TI and encourages the British authorities to action,» said Executive Director of Transparency International UK , Robert Barrington.
In addition, it is noted that Transparency International Russia will support Ukraine in TI identification of state Yanukovych in Russia.
«We suspect that his mansion in Mezhyhirya is just the tip of the iceberg. We intend to find other pieces of his wealth in Russia and will do our best to either Moscow or Rostov has not served as a haven for former dictators, such as Yanukovych,» said Executive Director of TI Russia Anton Pominov.
«We can’t forget the case with Yanukovych. Two years ago on the Maidan was shot Heavenly Hundred. In memory of these people who fought for freedom and cleansing from the corruption of the clans, crimes of the former President should be disclosed, and he is punished», — emphasized in TI Ukraine.
After the execution of the Maidan, the then President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych fled Ukraine in the night of 22 to 23 February 2014. During your stay in Russia, the fugitive repeatedly appealed to the people of Ukraine about his «legitimacy». March 1, 2014, he appealed to Russian authorities with a request to use Russian troops in Ukraine.
October 3, adviser to the Minister of internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko said that the Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to Yanukovych’s family.
Against Yanukovych and other former officials have opened a criminal case on mass killings of civilians. The suspects were declared wanted.
Also in respect of a number of high-ranking officials of times of Yanukovych initiated criminal proceedings on the facts of money laundering and capital outflow.
In February 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law «On the deprivation Viktor Yanukovych of title of President of Ukraine».
On 21 July, the Interpol has removed Yanukovych on the international wanted list because of the «political nature of the criminal case».
On 16 December the Minister of internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov declared that managed to find archives of documents Yanukovych and members of his family, which will help to investigate crimes committed by them.
Found documents were attached to various criminal proceedings and the Prosecutor General’s office assessed as important evidence.
Transparency International calls on the EU to maintain and strengthen sanctions against Yanukovych and his entourage 23.02.2016