[Marxism] "Leftist" Borodai makes the case for an oligarch

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Apr 6 07:37:06 MDT 2015

Alexander Borodai, former “prime minister” of the self-proclaimed 
“Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR), told a meeting of Russian 
nationalists recently that Rinat Akhmetov was supporting the DNR terrorists.

The meeting was organized in Moscow on March 14 by Egor Prosvirin, 
editor of the “Sputnik and Pogrom” site, and a video of the proceeding 
was published on YouTube on March 26. According to the publication 
Chetvertaya Vlast (The Forth Estate), this is the first time a claim has 
been made so openly about the cooperation between the oligarch and the 

When asked why Rinat Akhmetov’s property in the “people’s republics” has 
not yet been nationalized as promised earlier, Borodai said it would not 
be practical.

“Let’s imagine that we did nationalize Mr. Akhmetov. The businesses that 
belong to Rinat Akhmetov located on the territory of DNR have been 
working all this time with amazing stability,” he explained. “Mr. 
Akhmetov, who all this time has been a pillar and a founder of Ukrainian 
politics, a man who informally has been practically ‘holding up’ 
Ukraine, finds the current situation advantageous. Let me explain why. 
He has a lots of enemies among the current Kyiv authorities and in the 
establishment. Well, Akhmetov finds it useful that businesses located on 
the territory of DNR are manufacturing. It is advantageous for him to 
have these products exported. They have to be shipped. Where? To Italy. 
And how? Through the ports. Which ones? The only port available for him 
is Mariupol.”


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