Zelensky calls on Switzerland to freeze Russian oligarch bank accounts

In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, early Saturday, March 18, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, early Saturday, March 18, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky calls on the Swiss government to freeze the bank accounts of all Russian oligarchs.

Swiss public broadcaster SRF reports that Zelensky, who spoke via livestream today to thousands of anti-war protesters in the Swiss city of Bern, said: “In your banks are the funds of the people who unleashed this war. Help to fight this. So that their funds are frozen… It would be good to take away those privileges from them.”

Zelensky could be seen on a big screen sitting behind a desk wearing a short-sleeved camouflage T-shirt. His speech was dubbed into German. When he called for the blocking of oligarchs’ accounts, great applause erupted.

SRF also reports that the Ukrainian president criticized the Swiss multinational food conglomerate Nestle, which has decided not to withdraw from Russia for the time being, as opposed to many other international companies.

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