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Ihor Kononenko, a lawmaker and business partner of President Petro Poroshenko, lost his “gray cardinal” status after Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius resigned and accused him of corruption on Feb. 3.
Accusations against Kononenko have been building since last year, when lawmakers and investigative journalists tracked his alleged links to state companies. Critics say he has built a vast business empire thanks to his political influence.
Kononenko and Poroshenko are co-owners of the International Investment Bank and have been acquainted for 30 years.
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