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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

“Kiev is willing to give Akhmetov DNR and LNR”

On Saturday, the Ukrainian media began to spread the news that and Kiev had allegedly agreed on the appointment of new heads of DNR and LNR. IN the Ukrainian version, the current leaders Igor Plotnitsky and Alexander Zakharchenko will replace the oligarchs Rinat Akhmetov and . Russian and Ukrainian authorities have dissociated themselves from the agreement, but experts believe that the information surge is hiding a cunning plan longtime host of Donbass.

photo: Lily Sherlovskaja

According to Ukrainian media, to replace the odious leaders of the breakaway republics of oligarchs compromise was offered by the participant of the Minsk negotiations, Viktor Medvedchuk. In turn, Akhmetov and Boyko already has agreed to lead the self-proclaimed Republic, journalists write.

However, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that no talks doesn’t know. And the Deputy head of the faction “Block of Petro Poroshenko” Mustafa Nayem said that he knows about such negotiations, but unknown to him, has ended or not. However, he believes that such a designation is fraught with great risks for Poroshenko and for the whole Ukraine. According to him the party member Serhiy Leshchenko, such an appointment would be tantamount “to cement an oligarchic consensus and the destruction of any hopes of society to justice.”

In turn, Director of the Ukrainian branch of Institute of CIS countries Denis DENISOV told “MK” the conditions under which the and Lugansk may be in the hands of the Ukrainian oligarchs:

– First of all, these publications in the Ukrainian media were aimed to sow discord between Moscow and the breakaway republics. In the current circumstances, Russia will never agree to that.

As for Boyko, the Opposition bloc, which he heads in Parliament, initially supported the illegal transfer of constitutional reform for six months, then tanked the resignation of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk, which is hard to call a friend in Moscow…

Akhmetov is not a public figure, but in 2013 he was the absolute owner of the Donetsk region, both economically and politically. And when President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown, he began to bargain with the new authorities, and when that failed, he tried to head the Donetsk protests. When he’s here and nothing happened, he left Donbass. Now it is no secret that for his business in DPR and LPR continues to green light, but in local politics he will not be allowed. In particular, this is categorically against Moscow.

– Akhmetov can smartly and try to achieve power in DNR and LNR through the local elections, which are envisaged by the Minsk agreements?

– That’s it. A very large number of members of the “Opposition bloc” – the people from Donetsk and Lugansk, which will seek representation in local government. But everything will depend on what system the election: majoritarian or party-list. Which option will prevail, it turns out the Minsk talks. In the second case, Akhmetov and Boyko will be able to push quite a lot of his people and through them will attempt to seize power in DNR and LNR. This risk is understood as the self-proclaimed republics and in Moscow, where it is believed that henceforth no oligarchs should not affect life in Donetsk and Lugansk. However, Poroshenko would be beneficial to give DPR and LPR in the power of Akhmetov and smartly so as thereby it will shift your headache on the shoulders of their competitors.

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