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Yushchenko Orders Probe Of Corruption Accusations

Oleksandr Zinchenko (file photo) 12 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko today said he has given investigators 10 days to probe accusations of corruption leveled by his former chief of staff against members of his administration.

Yushchenko made the announcement while introducing the new director of the Ukrainian Security Service, Ihor Dryzhchanyy, previously the deputy director.

The Ukrainian president last week dismissed the government of Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko and appointed Yuriy Yekhanurov to form a new cabinet.

The move followed accusations of corruption leveled against high-ranking government officials by Yushchenko's outgoing chief of staff, Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Also today, Yushchenko demanded that the new head of Ukraine's Security Service step up measures against human trafficking and drug smuggling.

(Ukrayinska pravda/UNIAN/Interfax)

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