Finding Oleksandr Yanukovych’s charity fund

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July 20, 2012, 7:02 p.m. | Op-ed — by Daryna Shevchenko

Oleksandr Yanukovych, son of President Viktor Yanukovych
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Daryna Shevchenko

Daryna Shevchenko is a Kyiv Post staff writer and executive director of the Media Development Foundation, started in 2013 by Kyiv Post journalists to support investigative and in-depth journalism, journalism exchanges and journalism training.

I didn't need much from the charity fund started by Oleksandr Yanukovych, oldest son of President Viktor Yanukovych.

I only wanted a comment clarifying what help they provided to Maryana Yatseviyuk, Ukraine's deaf beauty queen and the winner of Miss Deaf Europe.

I expected it to be as easy as googling the name and finding the official website. None of the google hits led to the fund.

Maybe because they just don't exist at all?

My helpful colleagues dug out a contact number of Nataliya Boiko, his press secretary. She replied fast and, after a pause, gave me the phone number of the receptionist for the MACO that Oleksandr Yanukovych owns. No one answered for two days.

I called Boiko again. She assured me that the fund exists and even has an address -- 102 Bohdana Khmelnytskogo Street in Donetsk. But I still had no luck.

It would have been the right time to give up.

But then I came upon another press contact at the MACO company, Yulia Radzinskaya. She promised help, and eventually passed on the phone number of a guy named Volodymyr. He said it was a wrong number. Radzinskaya gave me another number. It appeared to be not in service. Eventually, my contacts were passed on to a Volodymyr, who said “the judicial structure of the fund is being reconstructed.”

Imagine what happens to people who need money urgently.

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