“All in the family”–Ukraine’s New Prosecutor General

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                                                                 Viktor Shokin

2/11/2015

“What, again”? Godfather-President Appoints Godfather theProsecutor General.

By ua_katarsis

Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

Everyone remembers how the former President Yanukovych
appointed Pshonka, to whose children he was the godfather, as the Prosecutor
General. The new President Poroshenko decided not to deviate from the tradition
and likewise appointed someone to whose children he is the godfather.

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“The Verkhovna Rada voted to appoint Viktor Shokin the new
Prosecutor General of Ukraine. Shokin was supported by 318 deputies, and needed
226 to be confirmed. Prior to that the Rada had voted to dismiss Vitaliy Yarema
from that post. Shokin’s candidacy was presented by Poroshenko, who said he
knows Shokin for over 15 years and knows him as a professional with good
reputation.”

Shokin for his part opted not to ignore the ancient
Ukrainian tradition of nepotism. “The Deputy Prosecutor for the Odessa region
became Tatyana Gornostayeva, the daughter of the newly appointed Prosecutor
General Viktor Shokin.”

Shokin’s other relatives are likewise employed by the
Prosecutor’s General office. “They include Shokin’s son-in-law and
father-in-law, who likewise were appointed to senior leadership posts at that
institution. The husband of Shokin’s daughter, Aleksey Gornostayev, became the
Deputy Prosecutor General for the Kiev region of Odessa. The father of Aleksey
Gornostayev now works as the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Dnepropetrovsk
Region. Prior to that he occupied various posts, and he has headed the
Prosecutor’s General office in Dnepropetrovsk. 

Faces may have
changed, but the methods of exploiting the people remain the same.

J.Hawk’s Comment: Aside from the sheer nepotism and the “godfather
angle” of this shockin’, excuse me, Shokin appointments (which Shokin, incidentally, denies) one thing
they have in common is that they pertain to cities and regions (Odessa,
Dnepropetrovsk) where Kolomoysky’s influence is quite strong. Shokin is known
to have put together a number of cases against Poroshenko’s rivals in earlier
years, including against Kolomoysky himself. The combination of Yarosh’s new
Right Sector/Volunteer Battalion HQ 
being located in Dnepropetrovsk, and of Poroshenko’s loyalist to
Dnepropetrovsk indicates either a brewing conflict between Poroshenko and
Kolomoysky (this assumes that Yarosh remains in Kolomoysky’s pay), or a
conflict between Poroshenko and Yarosh over how Kolomoysky’s empire is carved
up.

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