At the same time, they reveal that Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovych used Swedbank to close the equivalent of SEK 34 million out of the country.
- Our big focus right now is obviously to go to the bottom of the information in the program, says Swedbank’s communications manager Gabriel Francke Rodau in Expressen TV.
Ukraine’s former president involved in the tangle
Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovych is another Swedbank customer, SVT reveals.
In 2011, the equivalent of SEK 34 million was transferred via the company Vega Holding Limited, a company that has an account with Swedbank. The money comes from a suspected bribe, according to the Ukrainian prosecutor who investigated the ex-president.
The account must have been in Swedbank’s branch in Lithuania, according to SVT, which refers to leaked transactions between Danske Bank and Swedbank.
According to documents that SVT has taken note of, Swedbank became aware of Yanukovych’s business already in 2017, when Ukrainian authorities sent a request to the bank.
Viktor Yanukovych was president of Ukraine between 2010 and 2014.
Yanukovych’s presidency ended when he fled to Russia in helicopter – following extensive protests against his approach to Vladimir Putin and rejecting a new agreement with the EU.
According to SVT, Yanukovych is estimated to have stolen about SEK 200 billion from the Ukrainian Treasury during his time in power.
Shortly after the President’s flight, Russia invaded the Crimean Peninsula in southeastern Ukraine.
In recent years, Yanukovych has been featured in US Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s campaign in the US election in 2016. Donald Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort was former advisor to Yanukovych’s campaign, and was sentenced last year for fraud that he committed in his work in Ukraine.