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 In the 90s Yanukovych Did Not Hide Mafia Protection and on Any Occasion Threaten to Call the Thugs, Says Witness

During the criminal war in Donbas Akhmetov and Yanukovych were in different trenches.

Journalist Tetiana Chornovil writes on her blog on the Ukrainian Pravda:

"After the death of Krantz a gathering of the bosses was held in the town of Debaltsevo. As the author learned from police documents, at the office of LLC Prometheus owned by brothers Dolidze (bosses who controlled the north of Donetsk oblast) gathered a constellation of underworld stars - Frolov, Brahinskyy, Ivanyushchenko (the same Yura Yenakievskiy), Uzbek, Bimbat.

In the meeting the bosses expressed dissatisfaction with the actions of Brahin and discussed economic plans - to take control of currency exchange. What's interesting: this program was presented by Frolov and Yurushev. The first has already passed away and the second is a well known importer of fish to Ukraine, the owner of the customs terminal at Boryspil and Viktor Yanukovych's favorite hotel in Kyiv - Intercontinental where the Regions Party usually holds its events.

Uzbek proposed to agree the program with Brahin, however the bosses said they do not want anything to do with him," the journalist writes.

Ahat Brahin was outraged by the decision of Debaltsevo gathering. Soon the law enforcement agencies have begun to investigate his involvement in the assassination of Bek - a crime boss close to Frolov.

According to Tetiana Chornovil, in those days Akhat Brahin and Rinat Akhmetov opposed Dolidze brothers and Yura Yenakiyevskiy who at that time was protecting well known personalities of today such as agriculture minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk and President Viktor Yanukovych.

Close relationship between the three began in the Soviet era, when on the basis of shortages in the country criminal clans grew like weeds. Director of various public warehouses wrote off goods and the criminals sold them on the black market at a much higher price. A source from Yenakiyevo told the author that such business first raised Yura Yenakievskiy and Prysiazhniuk who was then the director of the greenhouses of the Ordzhonikidzeugol mine. Through criminal structures you could sell vegetables and greens - illegally but very profitably. But the gang was more interested in mine's carpool, spare parts and fuel, so through Prysiazhiuk the bosses of Yenakievo approached Viktor Yanukovych, the director of carpool.

The source told the author that Yanukovych did not hide the criminal protection and even in small conflicts threatened to call the thugs. Life is curious: back in 1994, Akhmetov and Yanukovнch, who presently cannot live without each other, were in different trenches," writes the journalist.

 
 
 
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