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French media concerned regarding oligarch Kolomoisky's influence on president Zelensky

Le Monde informs that their connection was noticed during the election campaign, when the billionaire lived in Switzerland and Israel after revealing of PrivatBank scandalous schemes
14:47, 21 September 2019
President Zelensky and oligarch Kolomoisky
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The obvious influence of Ukrainian businessman Igor Kolomoisky on President Zelensky and on Ukraine's authorities as a whole caused concern of the French media, Obozrevatel reports.

So, Le Monde informs that their connection was noticed during the election campaign, when the billionaire lived in Switzerland and Israel after revealing of PrivatBank scandalous schemes.

“This is Igor Kolomoisky, the owner of the TV channel that made Zelensky famous. He took refuge in Switzerland and Israel in 2016 when the Central Bank of Ukraine tried to clean up the country's financial institutions with the help of the IMF. Also it nationalized his PrivatBank, after identifying fraudulent practices and a hole in 5,5 billion dollars," the article says.

The newspaper also noted the connection of the businessman with the inner circle of the president. In particular, the head of the President's Office Andriy Bogdan is a former lawyer for Kolomoisky.
 
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"Kolomoisky himself also returned to Ukraine after the victory of his protégé. Moreover, on September 13 he became a guest at the conference of his former enemy and current friend Viktor Pinchuk. He talked with the press for a long time, which gave a new impetus to discussions about his proximity to President Zelensky," the article says.

Obozrevatel recalls that a wide resonance in Ukraine was caused because of the bill number 1210, called discriminatory. The proposed bill increases the tax burden on large and small businesses, surprisingly eliminating the obligation to pay increased taxes for Kolomoisky’s manganese ore mining enterprise, while the tax burden on iron ore mining will increase four times, which could lead to massive job losses.

In addition, Le Monde points out that the statements made on September 17 by young Prime Minister Oleksiy  Honcharuk regarding a possible “compromise” with Kolomoisky on the fate of PrivatBank contradict the position of the IMF, where this case is seen as a symbolic example of the power of billionaires.

“The success of this government’s reform is the key,” Tony Blair said in Kyiv. If it succeeds, "it will change the dynamics" inside Ukraine and abroad, "including in the settlement in Donbas."
 
 
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