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Magazine Names Tymoshenko Ukraine’s Most Influential Person

Tymoshenko was judged more influential than President Yushchenko.
Tymoshenko was judged more influential than President Yushchenko.
KYIV -- For the second consecutive year, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been named Ukraine's most influential person by the magazine "Korrespondent," RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

Following Tymoshenko on the list of influential people is multibillionaire and rarely seen parliament member Rinat Akhmetov, followed by the pro-Moscow leader of the opposition Regions Party, Viktor Yanukovych.

Billionaire business mogul Viktor Pinchuk -- the son-in-law of former President Leonid Kravchuk -- was ranked third.

Viktor Yushchenko, the unpopular Ukrainian president, is in fifth place.

The last person on the 100-person list is Viktor Lozinsky, a parliament deputy who has been stripped of his immunity and is being sought by the police for his involvement in a murder case.

Oleksandr Paskhaver, one of the magazine's columnists, explained the odd choice by saying Lozinsky is on the list because he personifies the ills of Ukrainian politics: corruption in government and a total lack of transparency in the judiciary.

Paskhaver added that Lozinsky "represents the moral level of the people who occupy Ukraine's political and economic beau monde."