Ukraine: oligarchs in power

Ukraine: oligarchs in power

By Vestnik Kavkaza

Last weekend, the leader of UDAR Party Vitaly Klichko met businessman Rinat Ahmetov and other entrepreneurs of Donbas in Donetsk. Earlier, representatives of big business Igor Kolomoisky and Sergei Taruta were appointed governors of the Dnepropetrovsk and the Donetsk Regions, respectively. According to Klichko, the appointment of oligarchs is connected with the fact that they are experienced in management of big teams and are good crisis managers.

However, the head of the all-Ukrainian movement of “The Russian Movement of Ukraine,” the founder of the Russian Block Party, Alexander Svistunov, sees another overtone. “I traveled about the Dnepropetrovsk Region, Donetsk, and it is drenched in blood. There is war. Nobody has ever supported Yanukovich and his gang-team. But those who replaced them in Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk are the same people.

Everybody thinks that Dnepropetrovsk is the only major city there. But there are many cities. Dneprodzerzhinsk has almost a half-million population. Nikopol is a huge city. Pavlograd is big, there are about 300,000 people. Unemployment is everywhere, despite such a savior as Kolomoisky who hasn’t opened any plant or factory and won’t do it in the near future. The very maximum he will do is open another office of “Privat Bank” which will rob people.”

Characterizing Kolomoisky, Svistunov stated: “He is the chairman of the Privat Bank of Ukraine Board, one of major oligarchs, multibillionaire who has been living in Geneva until recently.”

As for Sergei Taruta, according to Svistunov, he is “a banker and co-chairman of the Union of Donbas which is headed by Mr. Ahmetov, a famous bandit, a multibillionaire. He also does the same thing – takes away and privatize everything which stands there – mines and plants. If you travel about Donbas and ask – who owns the land? Ahmetov does! Who owns the plant? Ahmetov does! Who owns the mine? Ahmetiv does! How do Ahmetov’s people get mines and enterprises? They come to major factories and say: “We give you 50 thousand, you leave the strongbox, documents, stamps and go away. If you aren’t agree, you are dead tomorrow.” That’s how Donbas was captured by Ahmetov and Taruta. That’s how they will act in the future.”

Svistunov says that the Right Sector has intensified in Donbas: “They are being given money and arms. Unarmed people have to resist armed bandits from Western Ukraine. The same thing was in Donetsk. When we occupied the regional administration building, we found passports of people who live in Lvov and Volyn there. We captured people in Dnepropetrovsk and Dneprodzerzhinsk from Western Ukraine, while they got money from local governors. That’s how power is established.”