Akhmetov reportedly faces US visa delay

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Dec. 22, 2011, 10:43 p.m. | Business — by Katya Gorchinskaya

Rinat Akhmetov

Katya Gorchinskaya

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Rinat Akhmetov's U.S. visa application is being processed, his lawyer says.
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Anonymous Dec. 22, 2011, 11:41 p.m.    

Rinat Akhmetov

Last year # 148 with 5.2 billion $.

This year, # 39 with 16. billion $.

PS Tax free?

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 12:41 a.m.    

What is the matter with the Americans? Don't they want blood money in their country? It is obvious to a fool how this money was gotten, no matter what Akin, Gump et all try to say. They are in the business of laundering reputations.

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 3:08 a.m.    

Maybe he wants to go to America to be the poster boy for an American mens grooming company.

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 3:28 a.m.    

A persons application for a visa is supposed to be protected by privacy laws. Is this a leak in the US Government's embassy?

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 8:33 a.m.    

Akhmetov financial crimes division?

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 12:41 p.m.    

ALL the so called friends of Yanukovych should be banned from obtaining visas by the US, EU and UK until Yulia Tymoshenko is a free woman. Simple.

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 12:46 p.m.    

Such individuals should never be allowed to enter the USA. The Obama Administration should do well to keep them out. They made money by unlawful means and at the behest ot the state. They should be kept out of USA and Europe for ever. The USA don't need your money. its small change for the USA. In fact if you invest there you have a design to steal intellectual property and other secrets of the USA through your contacts.

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 12:50 p.m.    

Derikpasa got a conference visa this is not the same as a visitor's visa. He only got so far as the conference in Hawai and did not enter the USA mainland. Putin did not get his way.

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 4:19 p.m.    



When will EU morons wake up and do the same for all those theives who finance IANUK and steal Ukraine's public assets

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 5:30 p.m.    

I wonder how Akhmetov made OVER ten billion dollars ($10,000,000,000) in one year? AND, Ukraine is broke?

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 6:09 p.m.    

The same way that yanusvoloch got Mezhihirya.

The same way that yanusvoloch leases helicopters - from a company owned by one of his sons.

The say way that Boyko made $200 million on a crooked oil rig deal through Investors Highway Processing, a fake Latvian company with a homeless man as a &quot;director&quot; - and the prosecutors turned a blind eye to Boyko's corruption.

The same way that the &quot;Minister of Justice&quot; drives a Mercedes - stolen-to-order from Germany.

Horrific, unbounded abuse of government.

Mustafa Nayem, one of the many excellent journalists in Ukraine, put a similar question to yanusvoloch the other day.

To which yanusvoloch simply laughed, and said that he &quot;doesn't envy&quot; Mustafa Nayem or anyone else.

Of course the blithering idiot yanusvoloch doesn't envy anyone - he and his fellow monster thugs continue to suck the lifeblood out of Ukraine, and have been doing so for over 20 years now.

спасибо жителям Донбассаааа....

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Anonymous Dec. 24, 2011, 8:29 a.m.    

Largest banks in Ukraine have billions in losses

In the third quarter of the composition of the largest banks has not changed. First Ukrainian International Bank Rinat Akhmetov predictably rose to 9th place in terms of assets of the 13 seats due to completion of accession &quot;Dongorbanka&quot; controlled by the same shareholder.

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 5:44 p.m.    

Persona non grata.

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 5:45 p.m.    

It's not often I'm proud to be an American, but this makes me proud. The US State Dept. tortures this peasant criminal! Nice!

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 6:08 p.m.    

Keep the scum out of the US.

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 6:53 p.m.    

Ahmetov belongs to the pro-western group inside the Party of Regions.

Thanks to him and his assets Ukraine did not join the custom union with Russia.

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Anonymous Dec. 24, 2011, 3:51 a.m.    

If Akhmetov was pro western, he wouldn't be in PoR at all.

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 8:27 p.m.    

Akhmetov does not want Ukraine to be in Russian CIS because Russia would &quot;liberate&quot; him of ill begoten assets.

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Anonymous Jan. 9, 2012, 9:09 a.m. you mean 'his assets',,,,,he stole them from us the people..

How quickly some idiots like you get brainwashed !!!


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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 8:30 p.m.    

From Zik UA 30 october 2011:

Party of Regions building up administrative resource

Last week, the media was full of reports that workers are forced to join the PR at Rinat Akhmetov-owned steel plants Azovstal and Illich...

Pressuring the staff to join the PR is typical for other areas in Eastern Ukraine.

In April 2011, media carried reports that Kharkiv university students were forced to join the PR.

Application for membership were disseminated by one of the deputy deans who warned students of possible “difficulties” they may have during their exams.

At the same time, Kharkiv-based human rights activist Yevhen Zaharov told the German Wave he had also received complaints from school teachers who had been pressed to join the PR.

Consequently, the PR is returning to the 2004 practice of using administrative levers to pressure Ukrainians into joining its ranks.

What may happen has been known since 2004: new PR members will be “asked” to enroll their wives and 10 relatives. Then they will be instructed how to vote. Otherwise, their salaries will be at risk.

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 8:53 p.m.    

Known gangsters shuld not be allowed in US&gt;

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Anonymous Dec. 23, 2011, 10:37 p.m.    

Hey if he wants to come to Vegas why not let him?

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Anonymous Dec. 25, 2011, 6:21 p.m.    

There are some very simple things that money just can't buy.

What a blow to his ego!

Almost everyone can get to the USA....but Akhemetov can't.

Too bad so sad!

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Anonymous Dec. 26, 2011, 9:58 a.m.    

Remind me to care about any story with his name in it ONLY when the story says &quot;Oligarch arrested for financial crimes&quot;

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