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Mr Kyrpa, 58, appointed in 2002, was a staunch supporter of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.
AS TRANSDNIESTER SEIZES MOLDOVAN LOCOMOTIVES. Miron Gagauz, director-general of the Moldovan National Railroad Company (CFM), on 18 August sent a telegram to Ukrainian Transport Minister Heorhiy Kyrpa expressing "serious concern" over the situation regarding the rail line between the Transdniestrian town of Rybnitsa and the Ukrainian town of Slobodka, Infotag reported. Gagauz said the Transdniester authorities seized Moldovan locomotives after Chisinau announced it was temporarily suspending rail traffic on the line because it can no longer maintain it. Transdniester, Gagauz said, is operating the trains under the oversight of armed officers and Ukraine is accepting this situation, which he called "a gross violation of international norms and rules." The Transdniestrian town of Rybnitsa is home to the region's largest metallurgical plant (MMZ), and almost all of the raw materials used by the plant (mostly scrap metal) comes from Ukraine, where most of the plant's products are exported as well. The MMZ accounts for about half of Tiraspol's state budget revenues. MS
The new Minister of Transport is a charismatic, intelligent, tough, independent and artful person. Rumor has it that when he was still the chief executive of the “Lviv Rail” he adjourned one of the intercom meetings with his subordinates asking them: “Do you know what rules the world?” Hearing no reply, he answered the question himself: “Money and fear. My money and your fear.”
Kyrpa’s methods are often rough. Some say it is the only possible way to do business. Others, including rather powerful businessmen having to deal with the railway in the line of duty, voice their protest. An egocentric rationalist, Kyrpa makes promises as easily as he then reneges on them. It is characteristic of the new Transport Minister to disrespect his promises as long as they disagree with his plans. It is this feature that accounts for the considerable number of overt and covered enemies he has in Parliament. It looks like the President has very serious career prospects in store for Kyrpa. Due to his managerial talent (since it’s more than just skills), independence from any political or economic clans, toughness, rationalism and openly shown loyalty he can prove a serious competitor to Dubyna for the President’s favors. One cannot rule out the possibility that, should Parliament pass a vote of no confidence in the current government, one will find Heorhiy Kyrpa among the contenders for the Prime Minister’s position, together with Oleh Dubyna and Serhiy Tyhypko, the latter being actively supported by Pinchuk. And if the President fails to strengthen his influence in Parliament by placing his man from the bloc “For a United Ukraine!” in the Speaker’s seat, the Cabinet of Ministers will turn into his major stronghold. In this case a mere combination of circumstances will not suffice to appoint the Prime Minister, even an acting one…
Mr Kyrpa's spokesman, Eduard Zanyuk, told the AFP news agency he had noticed "absolutely no change" in the politician's behaviour which would support local media speculation that he (Kyrpa) had killed himself.
A duty officer in Kiev's police headquarters told The Associated Press that Kirpa was found wounded. When asked whether Kirpa had committed suicide, the officer would not comment.
Ukrainian Transport Minister Found Dead
Korrespondent.net, a Russian-language news website, reported that Kirpa met with one of Ukraine's elite just hours before his death. The identity of the individual and the purpose of the meeting remain unclear. The site also reported that Kirpa is known to have been alive at 4 p.m.
Ivan Saliy, former deputy transportation minister, said that Êirpa's death is most likely related to financial problems within the ministry. According to Korrespondent.net, Saliy added that the ministry had misused funds earmarked for the construction of a new bridge.