Imagine your son or nephew is dying of cancer, but your bank will not let you withdraw your money to give him a chance.
Welcome to Ukraine!
Oleksiy Holub, 12, had a facial tumor. He lived in Donetsk. To put him in a foreign clinic, his mom started pooling resources immediately. She borrowed from every friend, relative and coworker she could.
Oleksiy's aunt had Hr. 32,000 (approximately $4,000) on deposit at Pryvatbank. She wanted to use her savings to save Oleksiy.
Prvyatbank wouldn’t let her.
They wouldn't let her withdraw the money, citing a freeze on cash withdrawals ordered by the National Bank of Ukraine.
As a result, Oleksiy stayed in a Donetsk hospital, where they pumped him with chemo, which destroyed his already weak immune system. He kept saying, “Mom, I’m so scared.” And then he died. Soon, his grandma died, too.
His aunt is suing Pryvatbank for Hr. 100,000 (approximately $12,000) for infliction of emotional distress. Pryvtbank says the woman failed to properly formulate her petition for cash withdrawal.
If she wins, she plans to donate the money to kids with cancer.
I just wonder if the same story would happen to any of the royal kids. I wonder if Yushchenko, a former governor of the National Bank, would be unable to withdraw money from his bank.
Oh, silly me. Ukrainian politicians keep their money in foreign banks and heal their bodies in foreign clinics. They don't want to end up like Oleksiy.
Ihor Kolomoisky, Ukraine’s third-richest man and Pryvatbank’s co-owner, lives in Switzerland.
Meanwhile, something is killing this country.