An American named Ukraine’s finance minister

Natalie Jaresko

Natalie Jaresko

Natalie Jaresko, an American citizen of Ukrainian heritage, was appointed Ukraine’s minister of finance last week, a news development I’d probably have missed except for Joseph Cannon’s Cannonfire web log.

She worked in the U.S. State Department in the 1990s on Ukrainian and economic policy.  In 2001, she started an investment fund, Horizon Capital, which invested in Ukraine with funds lent by the U.S. government.

Last week she renounced her American citizenship to join the Ukrainian government.

The Ukrainian government said the reason they appointed a foreigner is because she would be better able to clean up corruption.

Maybe so.  I’m curious to know more about what she’s been doing in Ukraine, and specifically whether her activities were part of the $5 billion that Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of state, said that the U.S. government spent since 1991 trying to influence Ukraine politics.

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An American Abroad by Joseph Cannon on Cannonfire.

Meet and Greet Natalia Jaresko, U.S. Government Employee, Ukraine Finance Minister by independent reporter John Helmer.

Ukraine’s Made-in-USA Finance Minister by Robert Parry for Consortium News.

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