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You're reading: World Affairs Journal: Ukraine is the Yanukovych family’s business

Little Viktor has long been active in the youth branch of the Party of Regions—call them the “Regionnairettes”—and has served as a dutiful member of Parliament, where he’s been filmed acting uprightly by voting on behalf of absent comrades (a constitutional infraction, by the way, but what the hell). His big brother, Oleksandr, is the dentist extraordinaire whose mastery of gums and teeth somehow propelled him to the ranks of Ukraine’s one hundred richest individuals at precisely the time that Big Viktor was president.

The head of the central bank, the 36-year-old Serhii Arbuzov, is a friend of “The Family,” as is the recently appointed [4] minister of finance, the 38-year-old Yuri Kolobov. See the pattern? Where money’s at stake, the Yanukovych brothers make sure their pals are in charge, and Dad says, “Da.”

Who knows just how much the Yanukovych boys are worth? After all, every dollar of visible wealth is probably matched with another hundred stashed away in hidden assets or foreign bank accounts. And there’s lots of very visible wealth, from Junior’s fast cars to the Dentist’s real estate holdings.

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