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A candid three-hour conversation between Ukraine’s erstwhile business partners Serhiy Taruta and Vitaliy Haiduk with a U.S. ambassador describes a “very dangerous merger” among business and politics in the nation.

Part of a fresh batch of 1,850 cables involving Ukraine and released on Aug. 30 by the whistleblower WikiLeaks website, the Sept. 13, 2007 cable quotes Taruta as calling the metals and mining Donetsk- [Party of] Regions group "all looters’.”

According to the leaked cables, Taruta allegedly told William Taylor, then U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, that longtime Party of Regions billionaire financier Rinat Akhmetov had in 1997 personally convinced then-President Leonid Kuchma to appoint current President Viktor Yanukovych governor of Donetsk.

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