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December 23, 1991 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Ukrainian parliamentary commission, concluding a sweeping probe of the Chernobyl disaster, has accused Communist leaders at the time, including Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, of a massive criminal cover-up that led to thousands of deaths. Faced with the worst accident in the history of nuclear power, Soviet authorities in April, 1986, reacted with "a total lie, falsehoods, cover-up and concealment," the commission chairman, Volodymyr Yavorivsky, said.
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August 9, 2001 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian prosecutors issued bribery and smuggling charges Wednesday against a high-profile Ukrainian opposition figure who already faces corruption charges at home. The accusations against Yulia Tymoshenko came 10 days after Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia, visited Ukraine and met with President Leonid D. Kuchma, signaling closer ties between the two nations.
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February 23, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. immigration authorities might deport former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko, who is wanted on embezzlement charges in Ukraine, because he arrived in the United States with the wrong kind of visa, a spokesman said. Lazarenko arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday and is in custody while federal officials decide what to do with him.
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April 27, 2001 | MAURA REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An alliance of Communists and parties controlled by oligarchs ousted Ukraine's reformist prime minister Thursday, jeopardizing efforts to distance the country from its powerful and jealous neighbor, Russia, and draw it closer to the West. Parliament cast an overwhelming vote of no confidence in Viktor Yushchenko, a 47-year-old banker who during 16 months in office helped reverse the economy's decline and post the first growth since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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November 15, 1999 | From Associated Press
President Leonid D. Kuchma won a second term Sunday with a convincing victory over a Communist who frightened many voters with his calls to turn back to the Soviet era. With more than 97% of the votes counted in the runoff election, Kuchma won 56% to Communist Party chief Petro Simonenko's 38%, the Central Elections Commission reported. Victory had been expected for Kuchma, despite unhappiness with his failure to rescue the economy or crack down on corruption.
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August 9, 2001 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian prosecutors issued bribery and smuggling charges Wednesday against a high-profile Ukrainian opposition figure who already faces corruption charges at home. The accusations against Yulia Tymoshenko came 10 days after Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia, visited Ukraine and met with President Leonid D. Kuchma, signaling closer ties between the two nations.
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January 11, 2001 | From Reuters
A decapitated, decaying corpse at the center of a political scandal enveloping Ukraine's leadership is probably that of a missing journalist, the country's top prosecutor said Wednesday. General Prosecutor Mikhailo O. Potebenko has been accused of dragging his heels in investigating the disappearance in September of reporter Georgi Gongadze.
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December 26, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Sept. 16, Internet journalist Georgi Gongadze--young, dashing and opinionated--left the apartment of a co-worker in this capital on the Dnepr River and promptly disappeared. On Nov. 2, a headless corpse was found in a shallow grave in woods near the small town of Tarashcha, about 60 miles to the south. These two facts have mushroomed into a nightmare for Ukrainian President Leonid D. Kuchma.
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November 6, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Ukraine's parliament will meet in a special session to address crime and corruption after the gangland-style killing of a wealthy and prominent member of parliament. Yevgeny Shcherban was shot to death in a rain of gunfire when he climbed off a plane in Donetsk, about 330 miles southeast of Kiev, the capital. At least two people were injured in the attack.
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March 2, 1995 | Special to The Times
Conservative Prime Minister Vitaly Masol resigned Wednesday in a long-awaited step that reformers greeted as the removal of a major impediment to liberalizing this country's Soviet-style economy. President Leonid D. Kuchma named Yevhen Marchuk--first deputy prime minister and chief security official--as acting premier.
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February 14, 2001 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Ukrainian President Leonid D. Kuchma faced a deepening political crisis over claims that he plotted a journalist's disappearance, one of his main opponents, former Deputy Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, was arrested Tuesday. Kuchma has been struggling desperately to shrug off the scandal for several months, ever since audiotapes surfaced linking him to the disappearance of Georgi Gongadze, an Internet journalist critical of authorities. The reporter's headless corpse was found in November.
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February 11, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
President Leonid D. Kuchma dismissed the heads of two security agencies at the center of a scandal rocking Ukraine who are linked to the disappearance of an outspoken journalist, Russia's Interfax news agency said. Kuchma replaced Leonid Derkach, the chief of the State Security Service, and Volodymyr Shepel, the head of the State Guard Department, who are responsible for the security of the president and government leaders.
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February 7, 2001 | From Associated Press
Thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of President Leonid D. Kuchma over a scandal involving a missing journalist burned portraits of the leader Tuesday and chanted for a "Ukraine without Kuchma." Many of the approximately 5,000 demonstrators had marched to Kiev, the capital, from provincial towns and carried banners inscribed with their hometowns along with huge pictures of the president with his face crossed out.
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January 11, 2001 | From Reuters
A decapitated, decaying corpse at the center of a political scandal enveloping Ukraine's leadership is probably that of a missing journalist, the country's top prosecutor said Wednesday. General Prosecutor Mikhailo O. Potebenko has been accused of dragging his heels in investigating the disappearance in September of reporter Georgi Gongadze.
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December 26, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Sept. 16, Internet journalist Georgi Gongadze--young, dashing and opinionated--left the apartment of a co-worker in this capital on the Dnepr River and promptly disappeared. On Nov. 2, a headless corpse was found in a shallow grave in woods near the small town of Tarashcha, about 60 miles to the south. These two facts have mushroomed into a nightmare for Ukrainian President Leonid D. Kuchma.
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November 15, 1999 | From Associated Press
President Leonid D. Kuchma won a second term Sunday with a convincing victory over a Communist who frightened many voters with his calls to turn back to the Soviet era. With more than 97% of the votes counted in the runoff election, Kuchma won 56% to Communist Party chief Petro Simonenko's 38%, the Central Elections Commission reported. Victory had been expected for Kuchma, despite unhappiness with his failure to rescue the economy or crack down on corruption.
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October 14, 1992 | MARY MYCIO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Leonid Kuchma, director of the world's largest missile and rocket plant, became Ukraine's new prime minister Tuesday in what was seen as a victory for the country's powerful industrial lobby. As hundreds of police officers clashed with vastly outnumbered student protesters outside Parliament, President Leonid Kravchuk spoke for his nominee, saying: "He is a serious businessman, not only in words but in deeds. (His) factory has never asked for government help. They make proposals, and they work."
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October 1, 1992 | MARY MYCIO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Prime Minister Vitold Fokin, under fire for advocating that Ukrainians return to a state-run economy, tendered his resignation Wednesday, but the fate of his ultraconservative economic plan remained unclear. A few hundred of Fokin's supporters, holding signs declaring "No to Capitalism," stood outside the Parliament building in a downpour to protest criticism of the prime minister, whose resignation offer came as a surprise.
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April 9, 1999 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alexander Mikhalevich was a hard-working coal miner humiliated by his inability to feed his family; Pavlo Lazarenko was a masterful politician who became Ukraine's prime minister at 43. The two men, 10 years and a world apart, never crossed paths. Mikhalevich spent his working life half a mile underground, hacking coal from the earth; Lazarenko lived in a mansion outside Kiev, spruced up with half a million dollars that Ukrainian prosecutors allege he stole from the government.
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February 23, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. immigration authorities might deport former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko, who is wanted on embezzlement charges in Ukraine, because he arrived in the United States with the wrong kind of visa, a spokesman said. Lazarenko arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday and is in custody while federal officials decide what to do with him.
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