The glamorous wife of a prominent Ukrainian tycoon and politician 'carried £22 million in cash through a refugee border crossing into the EU', it is alleged.
The money - in US dollars and euros - was spotted by Hungarian customs in the baggage of the spouse of controversial ex-MP Igor Kotvitsky, 52, say reports.
A picture shows the suspected cash haul.A criminal case has been opened into a failure by Anastasia Kotvitska to declare the removal of the large sum from the war-ravaged country, say reports in Kyiv.
Kotvitsky - once Ukraine’s wealthiest MP - said his wife was leaving the country to give birth, but denied reports she was carrying $28 million and 1.3 million euros.
'All my money is in Ukrainian banks, I did not take anything out,' he said, before closing his social media account.
A statement from him carried on the social media of his Swiss-educated daughter Violetta, 24, said the story was 'fake and rumours'.
Kotvitska, who reportedly travelled with two Hungarian men and her mother, has not commented on the frontier incident.
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