More than UAH 12 billion of Russian oligarch Fridman in Alfa-Bank were arrested
In Ukraine, the assets of the Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman were arrested. This was announced by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova.
"The assets of the Russian oligarch Fridman in Alfa-Bank were arrested for more than UAH 12.4 billion. These are securities of Cypriot companies affiliated with the businessman, which were on bank accounts," she said.
In addition, 469 million hryvnias of funds from Alfa-Bank accounts were arrested, which were being prepared for withdrawal to Russia according to the Prosecutor General.
“They didn’t bother much with legalization. For example, they drew up an imaginary contract under which they bought a company with a penny authorized capital for a cosmic amount,” said Venediktova.
The head of the prosecutor general's office emphasizes that Fridman and businessmen controlled by him used the bank and Cypriot companies to withdraw funds from possible sanctions and other coercive measures.
"The movement of funds in the Russian direction began a couple of weeks before the war and intensified with the start of a full-scale invasion," she said.
Because of the Russian war against Ukraine on April 6, the United States imposed sanctions against Alfa-Bank. In March, the UK also imposed sanctions against Alfa-Bank Russia, but excluded Alfa-Bank Ukraine as a separate legal entity from their effect.
Earlier, the founders of Alpha Group (Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven, and German Khan) came under sanctions from the UK and the EU.
In April, it became known that the court arrested the assets of Fridman's companies in Alfa-Bank for almost half a billion hryvnias. The oligarch, through his bank, tried to legalize assets totaling UAH 1.1 billion.