(CMR) The wife of one of Ukraine's wealthiest politicians has been accused of attempting to leave the country with almost $30Million in cash.
Anastasia Kotvitska, spouse of former MP Igor Kotvitsky, was allegedly discovered carrying $28 million, as well as €1.3million, as she crossed the border into Hungary, Ukrainian media reported.
Kotvitsky could now face criminal charges for failing to declare the money as she left the besieged country.
The cash was reportedly discovered packed into several suitcases by Hungarian customs officials. This means Kotvitska would have managed to get the haul past Ukrainian border officials first; investigators are now looking into whether bribes may have been handed over.
Kotvitska's 54-year-old husband, who reportedly controls Nuclear Energy Systems of Ukraine and a number of uranium deposits, said his wife was leaving the country to give birth — but denied she was carrying the seven-figure sum.
“All my money is in Ukrainian banks; I did not take anything out,” he said, before closing his social media account. Kotvitska was reportedly traveling with her mother and two Hungarian men.