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Meet The Israel-Based Ukrainian Oligarch Behind The New President Of Ukraine

April 24, 2019 12:03 pm

Volodymyr Zelensky’s landslide victory in the Ukrainian presidential election this past week provoked some surprise, but mostly shock at how a Jewish comedian could wind up as president of Ukraine.

For years, the country has been torn apart by a proxy war with Russia and the country’s competing oligarchs, assisted American power brokers subsequently swept up in Robert Mueller’s investigation of the 2016 election. This weekend’s landslide election — Zelensky won 73 percent of the vote — looked like an encouraging sign.

The reality may be more complicated.

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