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Volodymyr Omelyan

Kyiv Post - - Opinion - — Oleg Sukhov

In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Volodymyr Omelyan has crit­i­cized Wo­j­ciech Bal­czun, CEO of rail­way mo­nop­oly Ukrza­l­iznyt­sia.

Omelyan and ex-Deputy In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Volodymyr Shul­meis­ter have ac­cused Bal­czun of pro­tect­ing the in­ter­ests of Yaroslav Dub­nevych and Bo­hdan Dub­nevych, law­mak­ers from Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc, at his firm. Prime Min­is­ter Volodymyr Groys­man, an­other Poroshenko ally, backed Bal­czun in the con­flict. The Dub­nevych brothers and Bal­czun deny the graft ac­cu­sa­tions.

Last year Omelyan also sup­ported the can­cel­la­tion of an al­legedly rigged Hr 1 bil­lion ten­der at Yuzhny Port won by a firm linked to Ser­hiy Faer­mark, a law­maker from the Peo­ple’s Front party.

Mean­while, Shul­meis­ter ex­posed per­va­sive cor­rup­tion schemes in Ukrainian in­fra­struc­ture in a Feb. 1 in­ter­view with the on­line news­pa­per, say­ing that $2 bil­lion was be­ing stolen at Ukrza­l­iznyt­sia an­nu­ally. He ac­cused Poroshenko al­lies Ihor Kononenko and Mykhailo Beilin; Leonid Yu­ru­shev, an as­so­ciate of ex-Prime Min­is­ter Arseniy Yat­senyuk, and ty­coons Ri­nat Akhme­tov and Ihor Kolo­moisky of hav­ing vested in­ter­ests in in­fra­struc­ture and try­ing to in­flu­ence the In­fra­struc­ture Min­istry. They deny the ac­cu­sa­tions.

Af­ter ex-In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter An­drei Pivo­varsky’s team tried to re­move an al­leged cor­rup­tion scheme at the Ukrainian Danube Ship­ping Com­pany and fire its CEO Dmytro Bari­nov, a pro­tégé of Peo­ple’s Front law­maker Maxim Bur­bak, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Arsen Avakov heav­ily crit­i­cized them and told them not to do that, Shul­meis­ter said.

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