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Leonid Bershidsky

30-Somethings Remake Ukraine

The day-to-day business of reforming Ukraine has fallen to young private sector professionals who rely on a strong volunteer infrastructure.
Generational shift.

Generational shift.

Photographer GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images

The recent public squabble between two Ukrainian billionaires, President Petro Poroshenko and Igor Kolomoisky, over control of two state energy companies may create the impression that Ukraine's economic reforms have bogged down in traditional oligarch infighting. But this is not strictly true. In recent months, the intellectual backbone of Ukraine's reform effort has actually grown stronger. A team of Western-educated professionals has been cutting deeper and deeper into the soft underbelly of the country's mismanaged economy.

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