Three violators of financial monitoring in April are named. Why Poroshenko’s bank gets off the hook

According to the results of inspections in April, the National Bank fined a small regional bank - Poltava Bank for violating the rules of financial monitoring. It was issued a fine for UAH 300 thousand. They were accused of a lack of proper analysis of financial transactions of clients and, in general, of inadequate monitoring of clients.

Two more banks received written warnings:

• Ukrainian subsidiary of the French bank of the same name - Credit Agricole Bank;

• Financial structure of the former president Petro Poroshenko - International Investment Bank.

Credit Agricole Bank was accused of not informing the State Financial Monitoring Committee of its client who appeared on the international sanctions lists.

Meanwhile Poroshenko’s bank encountered charges similar to Poltava Bank: due to the fact that the IIB decided not to update the internal rules of financial monitoring, like the other counterparts, and did not properly check the financial status of the clients. It was decided that, with an influential shareholder, it is possible to fulfill national banking requirements arbitrarily. In addition, they simply did not dare to ask uncomfortable questions about the financial situation and income of the VIP-clients - friends of Poroshenko - officials and oligarchs.

While Poltava Bank received a fine for this - the IIB got off with a warning.

At the same time, sources claim that this is not the only IIB’s violation in financial monitoring. Rumor has it that during the audit further abuses and violations in terms of financial monitoring were found than were ultimately recorded in the audit acts. It is said that the International Investment Bank was also caught suspiciously withdrawing funds and escaped official accusations in this regard only thanks to Poroshenko’s connections with the board of the National Bank. Namely, thanks to the influence on the first deputy chairman of the NBU Katerina Rozhkova.

Perhaps law enforcement agencies should intervene in the situation.

Andrey Pshenichny for the site