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Nicknamed Kosmos, the former banker turned politician is still officially Kyiv mayor, although the country’s leaders have made it clear that Oleksandr Popov, head of the Kyiv State Administration, is the person calling the shots in the capital.

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov in November compared Chernovetsky to the Queen of England, saying he had a title but no official decision-making role.

Chernovetsky certainly has enough money to live like a king, having sold his Pravex Bank for $750 million in 2008, just before the world economic crisis hit.

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