At a press conference yesterday, president Yushchenko, in a convoluted and long-winded manner, offered some praise to Rinat Akhmetov.
"I would say that the association that I have with this person prompts me to tend to say that that there are constructive positions being formed in this person with regard to national development paths. I recall discussions which took place during the political regulation [period]. I can say that this person held important and beneficial positions on regulating the political crisis. I would like journalists to know this," said Yushchenko.
Its not so long ago that that Akhmetov made himself scarce [after the OR] and 'The Donetsk Mafia' book was distributed at NSNU party conferences..