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The denial was made in a statement issued by the president’s press service in response to Kyiv Post inquiries made before the March 2 publication of a front-page story headlined “All In The Family.”

Pointing to a flurry of recent appointments, sources quoted in the story claim that the president has in recent months increasingly turned to what appear to be family friends and loyalists for top government positions, putting them in charge of state finances, security services and the military.

“The Family” – or “Simya” as it is known in Ukrainian – is the shorthand way that politicians, analysts and the business community refers to this group, which allegedly is heavily influenced by the president’s elder son Oleksandr Yanukovych.

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