Ex-Central Bank Head of Ukraine Complains Of ‘Physical Pressure’

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Ukraine’s central-bank chairman, Yakiv Smoliy, has asked police to investigate “without bias” recent incidents involving his predecessor, who was the victim of an alleged hit-and-run attack in London and whose daughter-in-law had her car set on fire overnight in Kyiv on September 5, rferl.org reports.

After announcing cutting the country’s prime interest rate, Smoliy told journalists at a briefing that he saw signs of “targeted psychological and physical pressure” on ex-Chairwoman Valeria Gontareva, who is credited with cleaning up the rotten banking system during her tenure and helped the state take over the country’s biggest private lender.

A car ran over Gontareva’s foot in central London on August 26, which she attributed to her work as National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) chairwoman in 2014-18 in a video posted on YouTube on September 5 showing her inside a London hospital wearing a leg brace.

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