Journalist Tetiana Chornovil who conducts her owninvestigation of the mysterious murder of Yevhen Shcherban writeson her blog on UP,
"After the gundownof Yevhen Shcherban at the Donetsk airport Akhmetov became heir toShcherban's business empire . In fact, even before the death of thedeputy Akhmetov integrated into some structure Shcherban as ajunior partner. For example, the author has found the companyGefest CS which was created after the death of Brahin where thefounders were sons of deputy Yevhen Shcherban (Ruslan and Yevhen)together with Governor Volodymyr Shcherban's son Artem andAkhmetov's wife Lilia Smirnova," writesChornovil.
However, resonantmurder in Donbas played into the hands not only of Rinat Akhmetovbut Leonid Kuchma as well. Before his death Shcherban becameinterested in the presidential election. He believed that the nextpresident should be a protege of Donbas region. Great wealth ofShcherban and Donetsk voters who traditionally vote as the "oblastmaster' says (here we must remember that every tenth voter lives inDonbas) constituted a real threat to Kuchma.
"So Kuchma beganmuddying up the waters in Donetsk with mediation of Prime MinisterLazarenko and started achieveing first victories. In particular,the President dismissed Volodymyr Shcherban close to YevhenScherban from the post of governor and in July of 1996 replaced himwith Lazarenko's man Hromada member, Coal Minister Serhii Poliakov.And the most interesting thing is that the governor of Lazarenkowas fortified by then unknown Viktor Yanukovych who became deputygovernor.
Doesn't it allseem strange? And especially when you consider that Yanukovych hasnever publicly said that he first came to power in Lazarenko'steam.
So the attempts ofYanukovych's PGO to hang Shcherban's murder on Lazarenko quiteabsurd when he Yanukovych was teamed up with Lazarenko at thetime.
Where didYanukovych come from to be in the team? Officially he came from thepost of director of the Donetsk regional production association ofroad transport Donetskavtotrans. Not officially - he was thecreation of Akhmetov-Ivaniuschenko.
A month after hisappointment in September 1996, Yanukovych has already become thefirst deputy governor appointed by Lazarenko. Then at the YenhenShcherban is killed in the airport and Yanukovych soon grows tobecome the governor. Let me remind you, the Governor is appointedby the President, therefore, again Akhmetov had an agreement withKuchma? And who else? Who remained alive in Donbas who couldnegotiate with Kuchma regarding Yanukovych's careergrowth?
From those veryinteresting arrangements of 1996 begins the take off of ViktorYanukovych's career climb to the Presidency," writes thejournalist.