Ukraine president appoints lawyer linked to PrivatBank tycoon as administration chief
22 May 2019

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy picked a lawyer with links to a prominent tycoon on Tuesday as head of the presidential administration, an appointment closely watched by investors in the early days of Zelenskiy’s term.

A comedian with no prior political experience, Zelenskiy won last month’s presidential election by a landslide on promises to fight corruption and put an end to politics as usual.

But he has come under scrutiny for his business ties to Ihor Kolomoisky, who is one of Ukraine’s richest men and who has been at loggerheads with the authorities over control of PrivatBank, the largest lender in the country.

Zelenskiy on Tuesday appointed Andriy Bogdan as head of the presidential administration, a statement on his website said.

Bogdan was an adviser to Kolomoisky when he was a regional governor in 2014. He served as one of Kolomoisky’s lawyers in the tycoon’s running legal battle with the government over PrivatBank, which Kolomoisky owned until 2016.

By Matthias Williams and Natalia Zinets, Reuters, 21 May 2019

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Photo: Адміністрація Президента України [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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