Ex-Deputy of the state Duma told about economic support scheme Yanukovych from Russia

Ilya Ponomarev

KIEV. 14 Feb. UNN. Russia has found an economical way to support the ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage, and thereby thwart the signing of the Association agreement with the EU. This was during the hearing of treason Viktor Yanukovych said the former state Duma Deputy Ilya Ponomarev, reports the correspondent of UNN.

“In Russia I had conversations with employees of the presidential Administration, government members, who also began to talk about what happened some talk in the Russian government… Most of all, interested in Ukraine as a close neighbour. In addition, the Russian authorities even in 2014 after the Orange revolution, was preserved the feeling that Ukraine might have something to happen, then what “backfire” in the Russian corridors of power, and the fact that Ukraine was a priority issue… On the other hand, the government (the Russian — ed.) was entrusted to the environment Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov to find an economical way to support Yanukovych and his entourage, and thus tend to ensure that the European Association was not signed, and Ukraine was in Russia’s sphere of influence,” — said Ponomarev.

He added that in September 2013 a scheme providing financial aid, because “Russia has always operated with Ukraine debt or using gas prices”.

“It was a scheme associated with the Ukrainian Eurobonds — it was built on insider stock trading. That is, Russia is obliged to purchase a certain amount of Ukrainian bonds — the first tranche was planned in the amount of 3 billion euros. Overall funding was expected to reach 15 billion For the purchase of these bonds from Ukrainian officials were supposed to be personal income. The main negotiator from the Ukrainian side was Alexander Yanukovych, the President’s son, and this information was available to the employees of the AP of Ukraine, then, I understand, participated in this process”, – concluded I. Ponomarev.

As reported UNN, On 14 February, the court continued the trial for treason of Viktor Yanukovych.

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