Ukraine's Poroshenko: Weapons, Prostitutes & Drugs (continued)
by GREGORY KOLYADA
The business was dirty, it all started with plundering state property by armed gangs.
The Poroshenko family had plans to expand the activities beyond Ukraine. Tatyana Mikoyan, a well-known Kiev-based lawyer, remembers what the family did in Transnistria, "It was horrible back in the 1990s: illegal arms, prostitutes, drugs -- all bringing profits to father and son".
Poroshenko Sr. was awarded for his merits – in 2009 he received the Hero of Ukraine decoration bought for him by his son who paid to then President Yushchenko, the Godfather to Petro Poroshenko's children.
The would-be President-elect is well known for misappropriating budget funds. He has the reputation of someone who knows how to make money out of thin air. Many times he has been accused of being involved in large scale corruption schemes, open lobbying, embezzlement of budget allocations, tax evasion, illegal operations to acquire shares and physically threatening political opponents and competitors. Certainly he is not just another swindler but a tycoon, an owner of huge and diversified business empire.
Forbes lists Petro Poroshenko as the 130th richest Jew in the world with 1.6 billion dollars. The would-be President of Ukraine Poroshenko was born Waltzman. Poroshenko is his mother's name,and she was also a Jew.
In the past Poroshenko was a sponsor of Our Ukraine and Victor Yushchenko. His business empire also includes the 5th TV channel known for vehement anti-Russian propaganda. Until recently his Roshen confectionary manufacturing group had earned hundreds of millions in US dollars making business in Russia. As of 2012, Roshen accounted for 3.2% of Russian market (the 6th largest producer). He always used the money earned for anti-Russian projects.
The presidential hopeful and tomorrow's President-elect makes the return of Crimea to Ukraine and defending the country from «outside intervention» his foreign policy priorities. It's hard to find anything stated in concrete terms in his program. There is nothing definite there. Instead it is full of empty calls for making a "free European state", "revive military might" etc. Many find his speeches repugnant, especially when Poroshenko starts telling stories about "patriotism", "national unity" and «protection of human rights".
Petro Poroshenko is a political chameleon. This tycoon was very cynical as he went into politics. He did it for personal enrichment. He is full of ambitions and outright lust for power but lacks a professional team to work effectively or impress public. He is rather led by greed than ideas.
Now Poroshenko exercises control over local authorities in the Vinnytsia, Volyn, Chernovitsy and Zaporozhye regions dreaming of spreading his power to the whole Ukraine. His propensity to get involved in monkey business can hardly be restrained. Poroshenko is one of the most odious figures in Ukrainian politics and heads the list of the country's corrupted persons. Having suffered so many failures, he is going to become the country's next President with Washington's blessing.