"In order to prevent Poroshenko's determination to curb oligarchy in Ukraine from being ridiculed, he should start with himself, and not pretend that he is not an oligarch", Pushkov tweeted on Monday.
Чтобы "решимость" Порошенко обуздать олигархию на Украине не вызывала усмешку, он должен начать с себя, а не делать вид, что сам не олигарх.— Алексей Пушков (@Alexey_Pushkov) 30 Март 2015
Earlier, Poroshenko had signed a decree to fire Ihor Kolomoyskyi, one of the richest people in Ukraine, from his role as head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional administration.
Relations between Kolomoyskyi and the Ukrainian authorities worsened after the Verkhovna Rada adopted amendments to the Law on Joint Stock Companies, which deprived Kolomoyskyi of control over the company Ukrnafta. In addition, differences have sparked in connection with the change of management of the company UkrTransNafta.
Until recently, the company was headed by Alexander Lazorko, considered to be a member of Kolomoyskyi's inner circle. Later, however, Lazorko was dismissed by the authorities, which remain the only shareholder of UkrTransNafta.
The fortune of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is estimated at 750 million dollars, according to the ranking of Ukraine’s 100 wealthiest people conducted by Forbes Ukraine. Among his major assets is the Roshen Confectionary Corporation.
Under Ukrainian law, state officials are not allowed to wear 'two hats' as both public servants and major business leaders. In this sense, Poroshenko has yet to deliver on his pre-election promise that if he won the presidential elections he would sell Roshen.