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Swiss launch criminal probe against ousted Ukrainie leader Yanukovych, freeze assets

Published on Feb 28, 2014 7:43 PM

GENEVA (AFP) - The Swiss authorities said on Friday they have launched a criminal probe into alleged money laundering by ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych and his multi-millionaire son.

The government also announced it was freezing the assets of 20 Ukranian officials, including Yanukovych and his son Olexandr and a number of former ministers in his government.

Austria also said it had frozen the assets of 18 Ukrainians suspected of violating human rights and involvement in corruption, but did not give any names.

Mr Yanukovych, 63, is believed to have fled to Russia since being ousted by Parliament after the bloody culmination of three months of protests by anti-government demonstrators.

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