Akhmetov says he last talked to Yanukovych on Feb. 22, when he urged him to resign

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March 17, 2014, 8:01 p.m. | Ukraine Politics — by Christopher J. Miller

Rinat Akhmetov has been a close friend and ally of former President Viktor Yanukovych "for more than 20 years," he told the Kyiv Post. He said he last spoke to the ousted president the day after Yanukovych fled his Mezhyhirya estate on Feb. 22.
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Christopher J. Miller

Christopher J. Miller is an American editor at the Kyiv Post. He is also a regular contributor to Mashable, and has written for GlobalPost, The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and others. A former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer (Artemivsk, Donetsk Oblast, 2010-2012), he can be reached at

Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, a longtime friend and ally to ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, told the Kyiv Post on March 17 that he pleaded with the man he's known for more than 20 years to resign from office when he last saw him on Feb. 22. The conversation took place a day after Yanukovych hastily fled his billion-dollar Mezhyhirya estate outside Kyiv.

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