ZURICH May 4 Switzerland's federal prosecutor
has frozen 170 million Swiss francs ($193.34 million) of assets
in Swiss bank accounts belonging to former Ukrainian president
Viktor Yanukovich and people close to him, a Swiss newspaper
reported on Sunday.
The Swiss government ordered the freezing of the assets of
20 Ukrainians, including Yanukovich and his son Oleksander, at
the end of February. In March, it added the names of nine more
Ukrainians to the list of people concerned by the measures.
Swiss newspaper Zentralschweiz am Sonntag said Switzerland's
federal prosecutor had opened five investigations against
individuals suspected of money-laundering and the assets it had
frozen in that context were partly identical with those
concerned by the government freeze.
"The federal prosecutor's office said around 170 million
Swiss francs had been frozen in connection with the
investigations," the newspaper said.
The federal prosecutor's office could not immediately be
reached for comment.
The political situation in Ukraine is highly unstable with
dozens of people dying in riots on Friday that were the
deadliest since Moscow-oriented Yanukovich was forced to flee in
February. A presidential election is scheduled for May 25.
($1 = 0.8793 Swiss Francs)
(Reporting by Silke Koltrowitz; Editing by Stephen Powell)