In a last-ditch effort to save them and himself, Yanukovych in a video message that aired on UBR on Feb. 21 said: “I am trying to protect those people who are being chased by the bandits… I am trying to protect people who are close to me.”
EuroMaidan activists are calling on the nation’s new leaders to investigate financial dealings among the nation’s wealthy elite and prosecute anyone might have violated the law, including oligarchs.
“Yanukovych’s oligarchs had a chance to save themselves a month ago, before the bloodshed. Now it is too late. Father and son Yanukovyches (Viktor and Oleksandr), (Serhiy) Kurchenko, (Rinat) Akhmetov, (Vadim) Novinsky, (Yuriy) Ivanyushchenko, (Vasyl) Khmelnitsky, (Dmytro) Firtash, (Serhiy) Lyovochkin, (Andriy) Klyuyev, (Viktor) Pshonka are to be stripped of assets that were taken out of state or quasi-state property since February 2010, during Yanukovych’s rule,” wrote Sergiy Leshchenko, Ukrainska Pravda’s deputy chief editor, in an opinion blog.