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Although they make most of their money in Ukraine, where they have a stranglehold over politics and the economy, many of them spend a large share of their time in Europe, owning the most luxurious of property and leading extravagant lifestyles.

And as average Ukrainian citizens struggle to get approval for EU visas, standing at embassy lines where they are humiliated with probing checks into their finances and personal lives, many of Ukraine’s richest travel freely across Europe and the rest of the world, some flashing foreign passports along the way. Some of them may stop by the world’s top and most expensive schools to visit their children.

While Ukraine’s leadership continues to waver on whether the nation gets better business and political deals from either East or West, Alexander Paskhaver, president of the Center for Economic Development in Kyiv, said the country’s wealthiest have made their personal geopolitical choice a long time ago.

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