Monday, September 01, 2014


London Talks Aim To Recover Ukrainian Assets Looted By Yanukovych

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder pledged that the United States would lead the effort.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder pledged that the United States would lead the effort.
Britain is hosting talks aimed at recovering Ukrainian assets thought to have been looted under regime of Ukraine’s deposed President Viktor Yanukovych.

The two-day talks, which began on April 29, are co-chaired by U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Also attending is Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, prosecutors, and representatives from financial centers and international organizations.

The talks were organized by the Ukraine Forum on Asset Recovery, an international group led by Britain and the United States that says that "there is no impunity for those who carry out such illegal actions."

Holder pledged that the United States would lead the effort, saying the group members are determined "to support Ukrainian leaders and citizens as they combat corruption and strive to ensure the stability, the independence, and the national sovereignty of a strong and free Ukraine."

PHOTO GALLERY: The National Art Museum of Ukraine is hosting an exhibition of art, religious icons, and decorative objects from Mezhyhirya, the extravagant private residence of former President Viktor Yanukovych. 
  • Portraits of former President Viktor Yanukovych greet visitors to the museum exhibit.
  • A bust of Yanukovych
  • A painting depicts former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka (seated) and his colleagues as generals in the 1812 Battle of Borodino.
  • After Yanukovych fled Kyiv with his inner circle on the night of February 21-22, activists and journalists moved into his residence, searching his documents for evidence of corruption and turning his possessions over to the new authorities.
  • In this painting, Yanukovych's girlfriend, Lyubov Polezhay, is depicted as an empress.
  • Yanukovych had a large collection of religious icons.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP

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