MP Taruta: bankruptcy of Platinum Bank is political bankruptcy of Poroshenko
MP Serhiy Taruta has said that the decision of the board of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) to put Platinum Bank on the list of insolvent banks could be considered as political bankruptcy of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
"The president could not have been unaware that Gontareva [NBU Governor Valeriya Gontareva] is withdrawing the money via Platinum Bank. Not only me, but all serious economists of the country, Verkhovna Rada deputies and former employees of the NBU dismissed by Gontareva informed about it each day," Taruta said on Wednesday.
He said that declaring Platinum Bank insolvent is the ground for a trial against NBU top managers and resignation of the head of state.
"I repeated many times – Gontareva and Rozhkova [Deputy NBU Governor Kateryna Rozhkova] must be brought to court. Today, after bankruptcy of Platinum [Bank] I say - Gontareva and Rozhkova must be brought to court and the president must resign," he said.
As reported, NBU on January 10 issued decision placing the Platinum Bank (Kyiv) on the list of insolvent banks. As of January 1, 2017, the bank did not reach the positive value of capital.
As the result of banks stress testing in the first half of 2016, in June 2016 the necessary amount of additional capitalization was approved for all banks in the second twenty in order for them to reach the positive value of regulatory capital by January 1, 2017, the NBU said.
The NBU declared the bank's structure as non-transparent in June 2016 and in August 2016 Borys Kaufman submitted to the central bank a package of documents to coordinate an acquisition of a 75% stake in the bank by him through controlled companies. As of today, the NBU has not approved the acquisition of the bank's shares by Kaufman, taking into account the absence of certain documents, in particular the lack of clearance from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine.
According to the NBU, as of January 10, 2017, the holders of large stakes in the banks were Kaufman and Israeli citizen Gregory Gurtovoy.