Analyst: The conflict between Poroshenko and Kolomoisky could bury the Ukrainian economy


March 23, 2015
Translated by Kristina Rus

The conflict between the authorities and Kolomoisky can derail the entire economy of Ukraine. This opinion was expressed by the head of the Kiev Center for Political Studies and Conflictology, Mikhail Pogrebinsky in an interview to “Kharkov News Agency”.

According to the analyst, Kolomoisky has already shown his power to the authorities, and he really has something to back it up.

“The oligarch owns “PrivatBank” – the largest private bank in Ukraine. And the collapse of such a giant can bury the entire banking system of the country. Kolomoisky also has great assets in the oil industry, which brings him the largest profit. In addition, Kolomoisky controls not only Dnepropetrovsk region, of which he is a governor, but also has influence on the situation in the Odessa and Zaporozhye region. So you cannot fight with him, you have to negotiate with him. Otherwise, this war could bury the entire economy of the country”, – says the analyst.

According to Pogrebinsky, in resolving the conflict, much will depend on the U.S. Ambassador. Meanwhile, according to the analyst, Jeffrey Payett failed to influence Kolomoisky to the extent that was expected in Kiev. The scandal around “Ukrtransnafta” quieted down, but is not over.

Earlier, the analyst suggested that if the President decides to refuse the services of Kolomoisky, it can lead to the formation of another self-proclaimed Republic in Ukraine.

“I can argue with anyone that Kolomoisky is not going anywhere, and then battalions of Kolomoisky can create a third People’s Republic,” – Pogrebinsky said at a press conference, commenting on the creation of a parallel general staff [by Dmitry Yarosh] in Dnepropetrovsk.

To the question of “Kharkov NA”, if the likelihood of such a scenario increased today, the analyst explained that he spoke of such an option hypothetically, and in reality he hopes, this will not happen.

“But much in this conflict depends on the actions of the U.S. Ambassador”, – he stressed.

Last week, the Parliament amended the law on joint stock companies, resulting in Kolomoisky loosing control of Ukrnafta. In addition, his protege Aleksandr Lazorko was dismissed from his position as the head of the company. The oligarch “showed his teeth” and took over the office of the company with his “private army”. The President of Ukraine reprimanded the Governor of Dnepropetrovsk, but not for the armed seizure, but for being rude to the journalist of “Radio Liberty” (Svoboda). In response Kolomoisky blocked the accounts of Poroshenko for 50 million dollars in his “PrivatBank”.

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