While miner protests have shook Kyiv last week, sparking accusations of oligarch Rinat Akhmetov’s role in organizing them, AP Correspondent Peter Leonard supports the assertion that the protests were not “impromptu.”
While the oligarchs have long dominated Ukrainian politics in the post-independence period, the Euromaidan revolution and subsequent disposal of former President Yanukovych, has shaken up the political field. While Leonard says that it’s clear that one of Akhmetov’s energy holdings, DTEK, were involved in the protests, this doesn’t necessarily prove that they organized the actions. While Leonard says that Akhmetov has largely found himself on the outside since Yanukovych’s ouster, the oligarch still has many ways to flex his muscles in politics.
Hromadske International’s Ian Bateson and Angelina Kariakina spoke with Peter Leonard on April 26, 2015.