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Chafee Speaks Out on Ukrainian Connection

Thursday, October 14, 2010

 

Lincoln Chafee disclosed new details about the Ukrainian foundation that he consults for and the controversial billionaire who founded it, in an interview this morning on the John DePetro show on 630 WPRO, a GoLocalProv media partner.

Chafee discussed his work for the foundation after a GoLocalProv report revealed that its billionaire founder, Rinat Akhmetov, had a questionable past.

Chafee said he had been approached about serving on an advisory board for the Foundation for Effective Government by a Washington, DC law firm that represented Akhmetov. “Of course I did ask many questions before joining that advisory board and the most confidence I got before joining it was who else was on it,” Chafee said. He noted that other members included a former Canadian prime minister, a Hungarian banker who almost became president of his country, and a dean at Oxford College.

Chafee, who joined in 2007, said he earned between $50,000 and $100,000 a year for the position.

Asked if he was surprised about the allegations about Akhmetov’s past, Chafee responded: “These ex-Soviet republicans and even Russia have the leaders, the oligarchs as they are called, and people often ask how did it happen so fast from state-owned businesses to privately owned,” he said.

“I was given the confidence there might be some questions about the founder but all I cared about was giving good advice and conducting myself honorably….” Chafee added.
 

 

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