Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 99

The chairman of the State Property Fund in Crimea, Oleksiy Holovizin, was shot dead outside his home in Simferopol on May 16. Holovizin was an ally of Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma. An economist, he became active in politics when he served as Kuchma’s campaign organizer in Crimea in the 1994 Ukrainian presidential election. After the election, Kuchma appointed Holovizin to head the Property Fund. This was a very sensitive post since privatization of Crimea’s desirable real estate has been caught up in a three-sided struggle between the Ukrainian, Russian and Crimean governments. Holovizin’s role in privatization is believed to lie behind his assassination. (UNIAN, Itar-Tass, May 16)

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