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Ukraine sees cheaters and swindlers being swapped for other cheaters and swindlers — Putin

March 04, 2014, 15:08 UTC+3
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NOVO-OGAREVO, March 04. /ITAR-TASS/. Someone is replacing one group of swindlers with another group of swindlers while appointments to the agencies of state power are made in Ukraine today.

“I understand those people on the Maidan (Kiev’s Independence Square) although I don’t welcome a change of power this way,” Putin said. “But I do understand the people demanding cardinal changes, not face-lifting redecorations. They’ve gotten accustomed to changes of swindlers in power.”

He recalled that people in Ukraine do not take part in forming real government because “that country has a system of direct appointments.”

“Now billionaire oligarchs have received appointments to the eastern regions of the country as governors and the local people there don’t understand this,” Putin said. “They think those gentlemen pocketed bags of money in the course of dishonest privatization and now someone’s propelling them into power.”

Putin said he had been particularly astonished by the appointment of Igor Kolomoisky to the post of governor of the highly industrialized Dnepropetrovsk region.

“That’s an absolutely unique personage who managed to cheat even our oligarch Roman Abramovich,” he said adding that Kolomoisky had conned Abramovich out of several billion US dollars two or three years.

“And that’s the trickster who has become governor,” Putin said. “Quite naturally, people are discontent with it and they will be discontent is those who call themselves a legitimate government continue acting in the same way.”

He said he felt confident that the people of Ukraine should have the right to determine destiny for themselves and for the regions where they live.

“It’s important to give them that right and to take part in that process on an equitable footing,” Putin said.

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