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December 27, 2004

Ukranian Minister Tied to Illegal Voting Shot Dead

Vengeance? Killing a witness to the government's crimes? Suicide? No one knows yet.

But the Ukraine may be cursed to now be living in interesting times:

A UKRANIAN minister accused of being behind the plan to move tens of thousands of government supporters around the country to engage in illegal multiple voting in November’s annulled presidential election, was found shot dead last night.

The body of Heorhiy Kirpa, the minister of transport, was found in his country house just outside the Ukrainian capital Kiev, said Eduard Zanyuk, a spokesman for the country’s railways.

...

Speculation in Kiev last night among demonstrators and diplomats was that he may have been assassinated by those fearing he would give investigators details of the extent of November’s vote- rigging operation.

However, local press also said he may have taken his own life.



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