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Ukrainian Energy Firm Sues Over Drilling Contract Given To Rick Perry Pals

The Ukrainian energy firm Naftogaz is suing the government of Ukraine over a contract that it says was improperly awarded to a friend and donor of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

The contract went to an American firm co-owned by Michael Bleyzer, a longtime friend of Perry’s who donated $30,000 to Perry’s Texas gubernatorial campaign in 2010, and Alex Cranberg, another Perry supporter and GOP donor.
“We know our offer was better,” Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev told Time Magazine, which broke the news of the lawsuit on Monday.
A Ukrainian government panel awarded Bleyzer and Cranberg’s firm, called Ukrainian Energy, 50-year drilling rights …read more

Source:: TPM



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