The use of brutal force against protesters of the Maidan revolution by president Yanukovych and his government, together with the misuse of power and pressure on independent press and political opponents, all contributed towards the ousting of the president and his allies.

Suspected forms of embezzlement common in the Yanukovych era included theft, corrupt award of projects, rigged energy prices and the misuse of carbon-emissions allowances. It is believed that “The Family” – Yanukovych and his associates – embezzled as much as to US $37 billion by moving state to offshore accounts and companies they controlled. 123 

Yanukovych and his various associates are sanctioned for the reasons of corruption by the EU, Canada, Switzerland and to some extent also by the UK, although the sanction list of each jurisdiction varies.