Working at the state oil and gas company under various presidents and governments, he had a unique inside view on what he describes as the murky dealings at play: how officials and their business backers put personal gain ahead of national interests, driving what was once a big taxpayer into a big burden. The 34-year old Kyiv native recently founded the Institute of Energy Research, a non-profit organization devoted to studying energy issues involving Ukraine and other former Soviet states. The Kyiv Post sat down with him on Dec. 1. All government officials and gas traders named have denied any wrongdoing and repeatedly refused to discuss the isssues in depth.
DM: There is a very simple answer. The first reason is the increase in natural gas import prices by Russia over the last five years.
The second reason is the inability, or lack of desire, of Naftogaz and top Ukrainian officials to work in the interests of Ukraine, that is, to negotiate the purchase of natural gas supplies directly with Gazprom, without intermediaries.