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Kuchma Son-In-Law Protests Ukrainian Government Moves

1 September 2005 -- Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma's son-in-law, Viktor Pinchuk, rallied supporters today around his former steel plant, which he lost when a Ukrainian court ruled it was illegally privatized.

Pinchuk and hundreds of supporters surrounded the plant in the southern city of Nikopol to protest the government's move this week to appoint new management.

Hundreds of police were on the scene. No violence was reported.

Nikopol was one of Pinchuk's biggest assets. In July, a Ukrainian court ruled that Nikopol's 2003 privatization was illegal, and its shares were to be returned to the state.

Pinchuk has appealed that decision to Ukraine's High Court, but a hearing has not yet been set.