Report: Wanted Ukrainian Ex-minister Living in Israel

Police search of Edward Stawicki's Ukraine home turned up 42 kilograms of gold, $4.8 million in cash and diamonds.

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A portrait of Ukraine's former president Viktor Yanukovych is used for a game of darts at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2014Credit: Reuters

A former Ukrainian minister suspected of corruption and who has an international arrest warrant out against him fled to Israel and received Israeli citizenship, according to a report in Yedioth Ahronoth.

Edward Stawicki served as energy and coal industry minister under former president Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted in February. He fled Ukraine like other ministers who left following anti-government protests in the country earlier this year.

During a police search of his apartment, they found 42 kilograms of gold, $4.8 million in cash, diamonds and documents relating to property and companies abroad, according to the report.

Ukrainian authorities suspect Stawicki of corruption and issued an international arrest warrant for him in March; since August he has also been wanted by Interpol.

An official at the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said the government was informed that Stawicki fled to Israel and that he received Israeli citizenship due, according to Yedioth Ahronoth. Stawicki's grandmother was reportedly Jewish.

He is reportedly living in Herzliya.

Israel's Foreign Ministry declined a request for comment from Yedioth Ahronoth.