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Internal conflicts and frictions have become more visible
than ever, with some confrontations among various groupings and powerful
individuals bursting into public view. Some oligarchs, despite their habitual
ritualistic dancing with the Regions, are becoming more independent, and appear
to be leaving the Regions’ orbit.

Oleksiy
Haran, political analyst at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, says that friction over the
recent attempt to criminalize libel was an example of how conflicts in the party
spill out. He said the initiative, which caused a massive public uproar, was likely
an attempt by one of the groupings to set up a competing clan.

There is plenty of competition on the local level, too.
Volodymyr Fesenko, another political expert, says different single-mandate
district candidates were offered support in the same constituency by different
power brokers in the Party of Regions, causing many bad feelings.

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