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ential guard Mykola Melnychenko included previously unreleased conversations of secret recordings he made in late 1999.

Hours of the secret recordings, which were released in early 2001, triggered “Tapegate” – Ukraine’s worst political crisis ever.

On Oct. 20 Melnychenko called a press conference in Warsaw for Ukrainian and Polish journalists and turned over three previously unreleased fragments of conversations made in 1999 between President Leonid Kuchma and then Donetsk governor Viktor Yanukovych. The whistleblower said that the snippets “prove” Kuchma and Yanukovych conspired to rig the presidential elections in 1999, bribed parliament deputies, and muzzled disobedient media.

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