The likelihood of a full-scale war between Zelensky and Ukrainian oligarchs is assessed

Gazeta.Ru: Ukrainian President Zelensky is not yet ready to confront the oligarchs

Experts interviewed by Gazeta.Ru estimated a full-scale war between President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and the country's oligarchs. As the newspaper notes with references to the Ukrainian media, the richest man in Ukraine, businessman Rinat Akhmetov may become his first victim.

Director of the Kiev Center for Political Research and Conflictology Mikhail Pogrebinsky noted that the head of state is not yet ready to confront the oligarchs. as it may turn out to be extreme in an energy crisis.

According to the expert, relations between Zelensky and Akhmetov are tense, but it is difficult to imagine that he is a participant in the conspiracy of the oligarchy against the Ukrainian leader. The further will depend on the development of the situation.

“Zelensky is trying to create some problems for the oligarchs, scares them, but this has not turned into a serious struggle. That is, the president says that he has the tools to influence the oligarchs and, if necessary, threatens to go into lawlessness, creating problems for businessmen. However, it is difficult to say who will actually have more problems, ”Pogrebinsky pointed out.

Ruslan Bortnik, head of the Ukrainian Institute for Policy Analysis and Management, believes that by law against the oligarchs, the president's team has turned against itself most of the big business in the country. According to him, entrepreneurs are in opposition, at least to the fact that the current leader cannot be elected for a second term, and as a maximum, that some framework should be created in matters of communication.

The expert added that there is still a serious conflict so far. really not, but an open confrontation is possible in the event of an attack on the assets of businessmen or with their direct support of street protests, then this will mean the beginning of a full-fledged war.

In September, the Verkhovna Rada adopted in the second decisive reading the bill on “ de-oligarchization ”, which prohibits the richest people in the country from funding political parties and owning the media. According to the document, an oligarch should be considered a person whose confirmed value of assets exceeds a million living wages.