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.
KP: How do you explain how Naftogaz, which in the early 2000s was regarded to be profitable and a big contributor to the state budget, today finds itself on the verge of bankruptcy?
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.