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Who is Yevhen Murayev, named by UK as Kremlin's pick to lead Ukraine?

Murayev has promoted views that closely align with Russian narratives on Ukraine

Yevhen Murayev, Ukraine, Russia
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Britain has accused the Kremlin of wanting to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine, and said Russian intelligence officers had been in contact with former Ukrainian politicians as part of plans for a military offensive.

Born in the eastern city of Kharkiv near the Russian border in 1976, Murayev is part of a group of politicians in opposition to the pro-Western leadership that took power after the 2014 Maidan street protests. In 2014-2019, Murayev was a lawmaker. He started in the Opposition Bloc faction, a party formed from fragments of the Moscow-backed Yanukovich's Party of Regions. 

In 2018, he launched another party

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First Published: Jan 23 2022 | 10:33 PM IST

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