Storm clouds ahead for al­lies: Who is vy­ing for lead­er­ship in the Poroshenko Bloc and Peo­ple's Front

The Ukrainian Week - - CONTENTS - Bo­hdan Butkevych

The low poll num­bers of the cur­rent rul­ing du­umvi­rate and the rather un­cer­tain po­lit­i­cal back­drop have pro­voked a surge of am­bi­tion in their mem­bers. It is as yet con­cealed, but no less strong de­spite that. The Ukrainian Week looks at what the cur­rent party al­lies could trans­form into and which so­cial forces they can rely on. If we look at the Petro Poroshenko Bloc (PPB) in terms of the business cir­cles that sup­port it, the first thing that comes to mind is large Ukrainian mo­nop­o­lies, es­pe­cially in agri­cul­ture, light in­dus­try, food pro­cess­ing, ma­chine build­ing and prop­erty de­vel­op­ment. There is no doubt that the own­ers of these busi­nesses, in­clud­ing Yuriy Ko­siuk, Olek­siy Va­daturskyi, Ro­man Mat­sola and Lev Part­skha­l­adze, among oth­ers, will be right be­hind cur­rent Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko un­til the bit­ter end. Men­tally he orig­i­nates from the same sur­round­ings of more or less proUkrainian business that gained its power less through its own­ers' out­stand­ing man­age­rial abil­i­ties than their prox­im­ity to govern­ment and al­most un­lim­ited ac­cess to the state bud­get.

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