The investigators from the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine are one step away from returning “Yanukovych’s gold”, said Deputy Prosecutor General Yevhen Yenin. He noted that, in addition to the former president’s funds, the department has also made progress in its search for former prime minister Pavlo Lazarenko’s money. Yenin believes that there will need to be political will for the funds to be ultimately reclaimed.
Yenin reported on the investigation’s progress during a press conference in Kyiv. He also announced his intention to resign, Unian reports.
In September 2017, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko announced that half a ton of gold belonging to Lazarenko had been discovered in a Swiss bank. In December that same year, Yenin spoke about the upcoming transfer of $280 million that Yanukovych’s entourage had sent abroad.
In January this year, a court in Kyiv found Viktor Yanukovych guilty of high treason and sentenced him to 13 years in prison. The former president was tried and sentenced in absentia, since he had fled to Russia in 2014.