Strategic investors have acquired 68 percent of shares in Ukraine`s troubled Prominvestbank, the central bank said on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

It gave no further details.

The central bank placed Prominvestbank in receivership in early October after the bank proved unable to stop a run on deposits despite refinancing.

The central bank and analysts say Prominvestbank, Ukraine`s sixth largest, is not a victim of the global financial crisis, but rather of speculation of a murky takeover deal.

"The receiver, in accordance with the regulations of the central bank board and current legislation ... will within five days form new bodies for Prominvestbank, including a supervisory council and board," the central bank said in a statement.

Ukrainian newspapers reported that the new owners would be brothers Andriy and Serhiy Klyuyev, both members of parliament from the opposition Regions Party, led by former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich.

Neither the central bank nor Prominvestbank would confirm or deny the reports.


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