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from 6/23/2005 RFE/RL:

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UKRAINIAN BUSINESSMAN DIES IN REPORTEDLY MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES.
Influential businessmen and lawmaker Ihor Pluzhnykov died in
mysterious circumstances on 22 June, the English-language "Kyiv Post"
reported on 23 June. Pluzhnykov, 47, died in a hospital in Germany,
following an illness ascribed by some accounts to poisoning.
Pluzhnykov's death reportedly came as he was close to selling Inter,
one of Ukraine's two top television channels. Pluzhnykov was a member
of the Social Democratic Party-united led by Viktor Medvedchuk,
former head of the presidential administration. Pluzhnykov's demise
is the most recent in a string of deaths of individuals who were very
influential during the era of former President Leonid Kuchma. In
December, Ukrainian Credit Bank head Yuriy Lyakh was found dead in
his office and Transportation Minister Heorhiy Kirpa was found shot
dead at his home. In March, former Interior Minister Yuriy Kravchenko
was found dead at his dacha just before he was to give testimony in
the case of murdered journalist Heorhiy Gongadze. JM




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