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The Jamestown Foundation: Gas lobby takes control of Ukraine’s Security Service

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March 19, 2010, 7:33 p.m. | Op-ed — by Taras Kuzio

The Head of the Presidential Administration, Serhiy Liovochkyn, has close ties to the gas lobby, formed while he served as a senior adviser to President Leonid Kuchma.

Taras Kuzio

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Taras Kuzio writes: On March 11, the Ukrainian parliament appointed Prime Minister, Nikolai Azarov, and a new Security Service (SBU) Chairman, Valery Khoroshkovsky. As Ukrayinska Pravda (February 24) warned: “An additional bonus for the Liovochkyn-Firtash group could be the appointment of Khoroshkovsky as the head of the SBU or interior minister, for which they are actively lobbying.” The Head of the Presidential Administration, Serhiy Liovochkyn, has close ties to the gas lobby, formed while he served as a senior adviser to President Leonid Kuchma. Another representative, Yuriy Boyko, was appointed Minister of Fuel and Energy in the Azarov government. Read the story here.
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