– Yelena Lysenko in UBR.ua, translated by Tom Winter –
Ukrainians are getting their accounts blocked due to the Mirotvorets “Peacekeeper” site
At Privatbank most of all, lawyers say
KIEV. The nationalized Privatbank has begun actively blocking accounts for Ukrainians, referring to the site “Peacekeeper.” Here at UBR.ua there is an official refusal to issue funds to individuals from a card account, which in fact was blocked. But a quick survey of lawyers showed that in 2018 the phenomenon is becoming more widespread, and that it began in the fall of 2017.
“Even back in 2014, Privatbank blocked our client from 42 million UAH. with reference to the financial monitoring in general (allegedly he had suspicious operations), and we had to defend his rights in court to unblock the amount. And from October to November, the same Privatbank began to refer to the Peacekeeper listings. They said that they feared fraudulent operations and the financing of terrorism. But when we began to inquire how the state bank confirmed its fears, it turned out that they did not submit any inquiries on the client to the law enforcement bodies,” Viktor Moroz said to UBR.ua. (Moroz is managing partner of the law firm Suprema Lex.)
The position of Privatbank is clearly stated in a document, now at the disposal of UBR.ua. The document states that they crosscheck their clients on the lists of the “Peacekeeper.” It is trusted by financiers, and getting a person’s name on its pages is the basis for closing a person’s access to his money.
Banks cling to Ukrainians’ money: they do not easily allow withdrawing 50-100 thousand UAH.
“The Bank has identified negative information about you on the information resource of the Center for the Investigation of Signs of Crimes against the National Security of Ukraine, Peace, Human Security and the International Law and Order” Peacekeeper,” whose partners are the Security Service of Ukraine, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the State Border Service, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, The State Penitentiary Service,” Privatbank writes in its letters to clients and their lawyers. And it is on these grounds that the account holder refuses to issue funds. Because he has “stirred suspicions regarding the use of the bank for illegal operations.”