Saturday, 24 July 2010

Popov takes charge of Kyiv

First deputy Kyiv City Administration Oleksandr Popov looks to be running the show in Kyiv, at least according to the city administration's website, which in recent weeks has gone to great lengths to advertise the official's prominence in all affairs related to Ukraine's capital and the lives of its inhabitants.

Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky, elected in 2006, was shortly thereafter appointed Kyiv City Administration chief by presidential decree. Former Mayor Oleksandr Omelchenko served under former President Leonid Kuchma following the same practice.

The state prosecutor's office and State Security Services are currently investigating numerous allegations against city administration officials and Kyiv City Council deputies related to committed acts of embezzlement and fraud. No top officials have been formally charged with any wrongdoing.

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