The Ukrainian Attorney General's Office has accused former President Viktor Yanukovych and his cronies of moving at least $32 billion to Russia, news agencies reported Tuesday.
"Today, Russia officially harbors criminals like Yanukovych, (former Attorney General Viktor) Pshonka and (former Interior Minister Vitaliy) Zakharchenko without acknowledging their guilt," Attorney General Oleh Makhnitsky said.
"According to the latest figures, (the former officials) took $32 billion to Russia alone," Makhnitsky said.
Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland have expressed a willingness to help Ukrainian investigators track down the missing funds, the attorney general said.
The European Union imposed a one-year freeze in early March on the assets of Yanukovych, his sons Alexander and Viktor, four former ministers and 11 other high-level officials who allegedly misappropriated public funds.
Former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, who resigned on Jan. 28, and his son, Oleksi, were also placed on the list.
The EU said in a statement that the sanctions included measures for recovering stolen funds.
Switzerland agreed on Feb. 28 to freeze the assets of 20 Ukrainian nationals, including Yanukovych and his son Alexander, as well as other cronies of the former president. EFE