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Poroshenko reprimands Kolomoisky for breaking professional conduct rules

March 21, 2015, 4:17 UTC+3 KIEV
The corresponding decree bringing Kolomoisky to responsibility was posted on the Ukrainian president’s website on Saturday
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KIEV, March 21. /TASS/. Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has reprimanded head of the country’s Dnipropetrovsk region - oligarch Igor Kolomoisky for breaking the professional conduct rules. The corresponding decree bringing Kolomoisky to responsibility was posted on the Ukrainian president’s website on Saturday.

"Chairman of the Dnepropetrovsk regional state administration Igor Kolomoisky is issued with a reprimand for violating the rules of professional ethics by an act that discredits him as a civil servant," the decree says.

On the night to March 20, Kolomoisky insulted a Radio Liberty reporter who put a question to him at the exit from the building of Ukraine’s state oil pipeline operator Uktransnafta. Ukrainian media circulated a video showing Kolomoisky rudely telling a journalist off for a question that seemed to him inappropriate.

Previously, Ukrtransnafta’s supervisory board dismissed Alexander Lazorko from the post of the company’s board head and appointed Yuri Miroshnik acting chairman of the board. Later reports said that the building of the company was seized by "gunmen led by Kolomoisky." However, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that Kiev’s law enforcement agencies took Uktransnafta’s premises under control.

According to media reports, in April-May 2014 Ukrtransnafta pumped 675,000 tonnes of process oil from the county’s trunk pipelines without permission of the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and Coal Mining. Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk demanded then that the law enforcement agencies initiate criminal proceedings and prosecute those responsible for illegal siphoning off of oil.

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