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Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko had characterized it as not a regular party, but as an assembly of shadowy business enterprises. WikiLeaks had noted that the Regions Party consists, in part, of criminal clans.

Very importantly, despite internal friction, the party is noted for its organizational cohesion under the joined hands of oligarch Rinat Akhmetov and the nominal leader Viktor Yanukovych. In effect, this party has hijacked the Ukrainian state.

Remarkably, during the collapsing attempts to sign an agreement for economic alignment between Ukraine and the European Union last December, it was Akhmetov who royally received a visit from prime ministers of Poland and Sweden in their last-ditch failed bid to secure the release of Tymoshenko from prison.

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