Kyiv's Holosiyivsky District Court has remanded two ex-officials of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), the former deputy head of the NBU Oleksiy Tkachenko and former director of the NBU's banking oversight department Roman Yakovlev, to 60-day pretrial confinement, setting bail at UAH 20 million and UAH 10 million for the suspects, respectively, the Kyiv-based TSN.ua TV news agency has reported.
"The prosecution requested setting bail for both suspects at UAH 400 million, but defense attorneys argued against this," the report says.
As reported earlier, Tkachenko and Yakovlev were detained on Wednesday. The detainees are suspected of violating Part 1, Article 255 (creation of a criminal organization), Part 4, Article 28 and Part 5, Article 191 (using public office to embezzle funds) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
According to the brief of the main military prosecutor's office of Ukraine, the two suspects embezzled NBU funds in the amount of UAH 787,396,148. The money had been provided to PSC Real Bank as a bailout loan. The document also says that Tkachenko and Yakovlev acted "as part of a criminal organization" with businessman Serhiy Kurchenko, former NBU governor Ihor Sorkin and former governor of Real Bank's board Volodymyr Agafonov.
Tkachenko and Yakovlev were fired from their positions by NBU governor Stepan Kubiv in March 2014.
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At the beginning of September 2015, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (PGO) sent a request to detain Sorkin and Agafonov in connection with the charges and put them on the wanted list.
"The individuals during 2013 and 2014 are suspected of conspiring with a criminal group led by Kurchenko to commit a number of serious crimes, including using public office to misappropriate NBU property and funds for a total of UAH 800.000 million," the PGO's office said.