Victor Pinchuk: Trade Dispute Centers on Ukrainian Executive With Ties to Clintons

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By AMY CHOZICKFEB. 12, 2014

Victor Pinchuk, a Ukrainian steel magnate, has been a major contributor to the Clinton family foundation. Credit  Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton have built a sprawling network of powerful friends around the globe, one that could aid Mrs. Clinton’s chances were she to seek the presidency. But those relationships often come with intersecting interests and political complications; few people illustrate that more vividly than the Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk.

A steel magnate and major contributor to the former president’s foundation, Mr. Pinchuk was in frequent contact with Mrs. Clinton’s State Department, at meetings arranged by a Clinton political operative turned lobbyist, Douglas E. Schoen.

And now Mr. Pinchuk is at the center of a trade dispute that places him at odds with steelworkers in Pennsylvania and Ohio, precisely the kind of union workers Mrs. Clinton would need…

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