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Ukraine’s richest man has lost more than half of his net worth since the EuroMaidan Revolution nearly three years ago, but he’s been able to straddle extreme political divides: keeping his influence in Ukraine, his businesses in Russian-occupied Donbas and his working relationships with both Russia and the West.

Editor’s Note: The following article is part of the Ukraine Oligarch Watch series of reports supported by Objective Investigative Reporting Program, a MYMEDIA project funded by the Danish government. All articles in this series can be republished freely with credit to their source. Content is independent of the donor.

 

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When the situation in Donbas is finally under control the likes of Akhmetov, Firtash, Kolimoisky et al need to be dealt with. A modern country cannot operate with oligarchs acting as if they are feudal lord's ruling over their loyal subjects. Political parties based on geographic areas need to go away there needs to be ridings or districts where individuals actually live running for the Rada.

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