11:23 15.06.2017

Rada should pass bill on special confiscation to relax return of embezzled funds – NSDC secretary

National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Secretary of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has said that the Verkhovna Rada must pass the bill on special confiscation, as this would significantly relax the scheme for returning the funds of former officials, obtained by illegal means, to the country.

"You know that those who stole these funds from our people have started to stir. Decisive steps in the issue were a kick in the head for them. They invested much money in corrupted parliamentarians who have been blocking the adoption of the bill on special confiscation for two years. They hoped that without it Ukraine would fail to return the stolen funds," he said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

He said that Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) worked well, and there is a result – the funds have been set to the account of the State Treasury Service.

"They were shocked. Now they are hiring expensive lawyers to return the stolen funds via courts. I have started receiving letters in the NSDC from various offshore companies with the same text the core sense of which is "return our billions." This is more evidence that Ukraine is on the right way and Yanukovych's cronies are behind nominal heads of offshore structures. They have an "intellectual" approach as usual. All texts of these messages are identical and printed on the same PC," Turchynov said.

"As for the bill on special confiscation, of course, it should be passed. This would significantly relax the confiscation procedure and return of the stolen funds to the budget," he said.

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