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“There are no politics in the situation with the liquidation of Basis Bank – this is economics and a crime, crude theft,” the press service of Kharkiv regional administration reported, citing Dobkin.

He said that financial problems of Basis Bank are linked to money laundering from its accounts, and many state and private companies in Kharkiv region suffered from this.

“This concens millions of dollars. The attempts of many heads to take funds away, when they saw in 2009 that the bank faced hard times, failed. At that moment when Avakov [former co-owner of the bank and former head of Kharkiv regional administration] left the country, there was nothing to take from the bank. A temporary administrator worked there, and everything came to the issue of using opportunities of finding foreign investors and cover the difference that was washed out from the bank’s accounts by people against whom, I think, a criminal case is opened… No political situation stopped Avakov retaining the bank and warning at least state-run enterprises about the serious risks to funds that were placed on deposit,” Dobkin said.

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