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One can but hope that the Zelenskiy win is a good thing for Ukraine and the world. However, his connection to oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky is worrisome. Ihor Kolomoisky, along with Hennadiy Boholiubov, are accused of stealing $5.5 billion from a bank, which Ukrainian taxpayers ended up bailing out. Additionally, the title of an RT (Russia Today) article suggests that Zelenskiy may be a trojan horse: “Poroshenko out, Zelensky in: West backed the wrong man in Ukraine & now it’s payback time“, though they may simply be spewing nonsense. Spewing a mix of confusing half-truths mixed in with nonsense is Russia’s forte (and Trump’s).
From VOA News:
“Volodymyr Zelenskiy Wins Landslide Victory in Ukraine Presidential Election April 21, 2019 8:53 AM UPDATE April 21, 2019 11:47 PM, by Henry Ridgwell
Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a 41-year-old television actor, won a landslide victory in the Ukrainian presidential election Sunday, with exit polls showing he received about 73% of the vote in the final round — nearly three times as many as his rival, the incumbent Petro Poroshenko. ”We did it together. Thanks to everyone! Now there will be no pathetic speeches, I just want to say, thank you,” Zelenskiy told cheering supporters in Kyiv Sunday evening. Conceding defeat Sunday evening, Poroshenko offered his congratulations to Zelenskiy, and added, “I will leave the office, but I want to announce firmly: I will not leave politics.”
Poroshenko later wrote on Twitter: “You may just look at the celebrations in the Kremlin on the occasion of the elections. They believe that with a new, inexperienced Ukrainian President, Ukraine could be quickly returned to Russia’s orbit of influence.
“ Zelenskiy combined a slick social media campaign with his image as an outsider, capitalizing on a swell of public anger at the old Ukrainian politics of cronyism and corruption. Ultimately, the slow pace of reforms cost Poroshenko a second term, said political analyst Anatoliy Oktysyuk of the Kyiv-based Democracy House.
”Ongoing corruption scandals, some reforms, the decline in living standards and poverty prompted voters in east, in the center, and the west — but also some in Kyiv — to express their mistrust of politicians. Zelenskiy’s victory is a referendum on the mistrust of former politicians,” Oktysyuk added.
Critics highlight Zelenskiy’s ties to exiled oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, who is accused of bank fraud and who owns the 1+1′ TV channel that broadcasts his show.
Zelenskiy has pledged to continue Ukraine’s pro-Western path, five years on from Russia’s forceful seizure of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine.
”I think that a more pragmatic model of cooperation with Russia will be installed, that an economic cooperation will gradually be reinstated. But the conflict will not be resolved. Over the past five years, there has been a very significant fracture. As soon as Zelensky tries to overcome it, he will face resistance from radicals, nationalists and other political opponents,” Oktysyuk said.
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Zelenskiy Sunday to congratulate him on his victory.
A statement from the White House said Trump reaffirmed the U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. The U.S. president expressed his commitment to work with Zelenskiy and the Ukrainian people to implement reforms needed to strengthen democracy, increase prosperity and root out corruption in the country.
Poroshenko is expected to hand over power next month, giving the comedian who played the president on TV a shot at the real thing. It is a big step into the political unknown and an indication of how desperate Ukrainians are for change.” https://www.voanews.com/a/ukraine-holds-runoff-presidential-election/4884900.html Sounds like what was said about Trump.
“Oligarchs Weaponized Cyprus Branch of Ukraine’s Largest Bank to Send $5.5 Billion Abroad, by Graham Stack 19 April 2019 The former chairwoman of Ukraine’s central bank dubbed it one of the biggest financial scandals of the 21st century.
Valeria Hontareva was describing the alleged theft of US $5.5 billion from PrivatBank, once the country’s largest commercial lender. The suspected masterminds are the bank’s two oligarch owners: Ihor Kolomoisky and Hennadiy Boholiubov, who stand accused of absconding with an amount roughly equal to 5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. According to court records, both men are said to have recently been living in Switzerland, though Kolomoisky appears to be spending time in Israel…. “Large-scale coordinated fraudulent actions of the bank shareholders and management caused a loss to the state of at least $5.5 billion,” Hontareva said in March 2018. “This is 33 percent of the population’s deposits … [and] 40 percent of our country’s monetary base.”…” Read the article here: https://www.occrp.org/en/investigations/oligarchs-weaponized-cyprus-eranch-of-ukraines-largest-bank-to-send-5-billion-abroad
Kolomoisky’s position on Russia is unclear, but he seems to be a major robber baron. Zelenskiy’s job may be to protect him. Or grant him amnesty? But, no one knows for sure.
“Kolomoisky has lived abroad since clashing with Poroshenko over Ukraine’s largest bank, which he used to own“. See: “Comedian faces scrutiny over oligarch ties in Ukraine presidential race“, by Matthias Williams, Natalia Zinets, APRIL 1, 2019 http://web.archive.org/web/20190412150837/https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-election-zelenskiy-oligarch/comedian-faces-scrutiny-over-oligarch-ties-in-ukraine-presidential-race-idUSKCN1RD30L
“Poroshenko out, Zelensky in: West backed the wrong man in Ukraine & now it’s payback time” https://archive.li/https://www.rt.com/op-ed/457175-ukraine-election-zelensky-victory/ While Russia Today now calls itself either RT or even the bizarre name of Ruptly, apparently to confuse and deceive people, it is still de facto Russia Today: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT_(TV_network)
“Report: Ukrainian Presidential Front-Runner Failed To Declare 15-Room Italian Villa March 28, 2019 17:28 GMT By Christopher Miller
“Ihor Kolomoisky is a Ukrainian-Israeli-Cypriot businessman and former governor of Ukraine’s eastern Dnipropetrovsk oblast from 2014 to 2015. His business interests stretch from airlines to oil production. He has been accused of “raiding” – using strong-arm tactics to take control of vulnerable firms…” Read more here, but there is much more: https://www.occrp.org/en/paradisepapers/profiles/ihor-kolomoisky
This investigation may pre-date Trump:
“Billionaire Ukrainian Oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky Under Investigation by FBI Ihor Kolomoisky, who’s been accused of ordering contract killings and is said to be behind the comic who may win Ukraine’s presidency, is being probed for alleged financial crimes“, by Betsy Woodruff 04.07.19 10:00 PM ET https://archive.li/https://www.thedailybeast.com/billionaire-ukrainian-oligarch-ihor-kolomoisky-under-investigation-by-fbi
“This Ukrainian billionaire governor was fired but his native city still loves him” GlobalPost https://www.pri.org/stories/ukrainian-billionaire-governor-was-fired-his-native-city-still-loves-him