Fugitive Ukraine tycoon wins, then loses, Serbian citizenship

November 21, 2014 3:39 PM

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BELGRADE (Reuters) - A multi-millionaire gas tycoon who is wanted by police in his native Ukraine and blacklisted by the EU was briefly granted citizenship in Serbia, only for the government on Friday to reverse a decision that risked drawing fire from the West.

The strange case of 29-year-old Serhiy Kurchenko appeared to highlight the power of connections in the Balkan country, a candidate for membership of the European Union but with close ties to Russia.

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