"I withdraw my candidacy from the mayor election. I can not allow, and I have no moral right to shed someone's blood," he wrote. Yesterday, a couple of unidentified persons threw a grenade into the courtyard of Kivalov's office at 18 Tenysta Str. It is quite possible Kivalov himself is responsible for this incident.
Serhii Kivalov is a powerful law academy chief. Back in 2004, the opposition criticized Kivalov, then the chairman of the Central Election Commission, for falsification of results and for allegedly receiving millions of dollar in bribes from then-presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych. As Chicago Tribune journalist recently wrote: 'meeting Kivalov is like meeting Yanukovych's twin brother'.
After the Maidan revolution last winter, Ukraine demanded full accounting for the activities of all officials working under Yanukovych, including Kivalov, a wealthy Odesa businessman and parliament deputy from the ex-president's Party of Regions. But Kivalov seemed confident there'd be no punishment.
Kivalov still has a strong reputation of a 'champion of scams', the falsifier of 2004 presidential election, and the figure behind pro-Russian separatism in Odesa.Well-known separatist Klinchaiev attacked in Kyiv. PHOTO