There are no frozen personal bank accounts or other assets in Switzerland in the name of Viktor Yanukovych

18 December 2019
Author: JHA

You can download this press release as a PDF in English or Russian. The Swiss Federal Councils Decision of 13 December 2019 to extend for one year its freeze on the assets of President Yanukovych and his entourage, and the press release it has published on this occasion does not assert that President Yanukovych had or has any assets in Switzerland. On the contrary, as previously clarified in a letter dated 1 March 2017 (issued in respect of the Swiss Federal Councils similar decision and an announcement made in 2016), the Swiss authorities confirmed that:

there are no bank accounts or other assets in Switzerland held in the name of President Yanukovych that they have frozen (as President Yanukovych himself has always contended); and

 the asset freezes imposed by Switzerland concern other persons (i.e. not President Yanukovych) listed in the Appendix to the Ordinance on the Freezing of Assets in Connection with Ukraine.

We draw attention again to our earlier Press Releases dated 3 March 2017 and 22 December 2017 dealing, respectively, with the 2016 Decision and announcement and 2017 Decision. The Swiss Federal Council still do not clearly state who the CHF 70 million referred to in their announcements belongs to, but, that said, the Swiss Federal Council has previously, in its 1 March 2017 letter, officially acknowledged that it does not belong to President Yanukovych. Indeed, the Swiss Federal Council, in its 13 December 2019 announcement, observes that Court rulings on the illicit origin of the assets have yet to be rendered in Ukraine. In the most recent proceedings before the General Court of the European Union, previously imposed sanctions against President Yanukovych, in place from March 2016-March 2019, were annulled. ENDS Notes to editors Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP is a law firm based in London representing President Yanukovych and Mr Oleksandr Viktorovych Yanukovych: Enquiries to Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, Tel.: +44 (0)20 7851 8888.

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