On Saturday, Mr Kolomoisky said he had accepted an offer from Kiev to head the regional government in his native Dnipropetrovsk region in eastern Ukraine, where he controls a large share of industry and other businesses.
Ihor Valeriyovych Kolomoyskyi born February 13, 1963) is an Ukrainian-Israeli business oligarch of Jewish descent. Kolomoysky has a dual Ukrainian-Israeli citizenship although dual citizenship is not recognized by Ukraine and controls his business empire from Switzerland. Kolomoyskyi is the leading partner of the Privat Group and a de facto chairman of the FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
President Oleksandr Turchynov announced the nomination Sunday, as part of reshuffle that saw 16 district heads replaced, the news site Gazeta.ua reported.
He is a well known activist in Jewish circles in Europe and Isreal:
Moshe Azman, a chief rabbi of Ukraine, told the Ma’ariv daily that Kolomoisky was among Ukraine’s leading Jewish leader
“Yes, I agreed, because the homeland is in danger,” Mr Kolomoisky, a prominent member and supporter of the country’s Jewish community, told the Financial Times.
Rabbi Shmuel Kaminezki, spiritual leader of the Jewish community in Dnipropetrovsk, praised Mr Kolomoisky and denied Russian claims that extremists out to persecute Russians and other minorities had taken over power in Ukraine.
Ihor Kolomoyskyi’s name in English is also spelled as Igor/Ihor Kolomoyskyi/Kolomoysky/Kolomoisky/Kolomoiskiy/Kolomoyskiy.
Kolomoyskyi is often nicknamed Benya (Беня) (which is a Russian-Jewish short name popular in early 20th century) and Bonifatsiy - after a character of the popular Soviet animated film whose image is visually similar to Kolomoyskyi’s appearance and hair-cut.
According to the Kyiv Post, Kolomoisky is the president of the European Jewish Union, an organization he cofounded in 2011, and a major donor to Jewish causes in Ukraine and beyond. Ukrainian media reports in 2012 estimated his wealth at $3-4 billion. He has interests in the banking sector, metallurgy, chemicals, energy and airlines.
Ihor Kolomoisky, who is a co-owner of the Privat Group and Head of European Jewish Council, to the office.
which brings to mind the billion dollar gorilla in the room : is his appointment heralding a new oligarchy?
The Privat Group, which has not been formalized as a legal entity, is one of Ukraine’s largest business groups and incorporates Ukraine’s No. 1 PrivatBank, as well as oil, ferrous metal, food, agriculture, and transport assets.
Igor Kolomoisky, 51, oligarch and Ukraine’s third richest person with an estimated fortune of $2.4 billion, arrived in Dnipropetrovsk to take charge as the regional governor of the nation’s second most populous oblast with 3.3 million people.
he is not the only one :
while another multimillionaire, Sergiy Taruta, takes off in Donetsk.
Putin may have reason to fear this man :
Kolomoisky referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as “a small-sized schizophreniac” who “went insane” and whose attempts to “revive the Russian Empire to the 1913 borders can bring world to disaster.”
a little conspiracy for your evening tea:
“It was important to disrupt the planned introductory speech by Gepa (Kernes) and Dopa (Kharkiv Oblast Governor Mykhailo Dobkin). It was planned that after the speech Yanukovych will enter the stage and announce that the Russian military will help ‘to free Ukraine’ (from the new interim government),” Kolomoyskiy said.
and finally this:
Turchynov also appointed a member of the far-right Svoboda party, Sidor Kizin, as governor of the Zhytomyr district.
The party now controls four districts. Its leader, Oleh Tyahnybok, has praised supporters for being the “worst fear of the Jewish-Russian mafia” and several of its lawmakers have called Jews “kikes.”
and this news makes Stormfront very unhappy (do not click if you are allergic to hate)
If true, things could hardly be worse for Ukrainians.
Is there any confirmation of this ??
The Jewish Daily Forward
The Kyiv Post
for a list of other new Ukrainian govt. officials try Novinite.com