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Soros Hit With Mayonnaise (Glue?), Water in Ukraine

INTERFAX: Billionaire financier George Soros had glue and water thrown on him by two unidentified people ahead of a human rights forum in Kiev.

BBC: The billionaire philanthropist George Soros got a wet reception in Ukraine when two young men threw water and mayonnaise at him.

The incident happened at a human rights conference in the capital, Kiev.

The two men were immediately arrested by the police. The radical nationalist group Bratstvo (Brotherhood) claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group accused Mr Soros of trying to repeat in Ukraine the Georgia-type "velvet revolution" of last November.

Some critics have suggested that Mr Soros' Open Society Institute played a role in the ouster of Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, who was forced resigned amid mass public protests.
Soros gets splattered in Ukraine
Soros gets splattered in Ukraine
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George Soros Hit With Glue, Water in Ukraine, Interfax Says

March 31 (Bloomberg) -- Billionaire financier George Soros had glue and water thrown on him by two unidentified people ahead of a human rights forum in Kiev, the Interfax news service reported.

The unidentified people flung glue and water at Soros and then were led from the room shouting anti-Soros statements, the news service said. Soros said he did not know who was behind the attack, the news service said.

Soros, 73, survived the Nazi occupation of Budapest and left communist occupied Hungary in 1947 for England, where he studied at the London School of Economics. He arrived in the U.S. in 1956.

Soros is chairman of New York-based Soros Fund Management LLC and was ranked by Forbes magazine this year as the world's 54th richest person, with a net worth of $7 billion. He has donated millions of dollars over the years to countries from the former Soviet Union to promote democracy and free speech.

See  http://www.interfax.ru for the Interfax Web site.

(Interfax, 3-31)


To contact the reporter on this story:
Guy Faulconbridge in Moscow at  gfaulconbrid@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor for this story:
Chris Kirkham at  ckirkham@bloomberg.net
Heather Harris at  hharris@bloomberg.net
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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 March, 2004, 21:44 GMT 22:44 UK

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Soros gets splattered in Ukraine

Soros was undeterred by the incident and opened the conference

The billionaire philanthropist George Soros got a wet reception in Ukraine when two young men threw water and mayonnaise at him.

The incident happened at a human rights conference in the capital, Kiev.

The two men were immediately arrested by the police. The radical nationalist group Bratstvo (Brotherhood) claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group accused Mr Soros of trying to repeat in Ukraine the Georgia-type "velvet revolution" of last November.

Some critics have suggested that Mr Soros' Open Society Institute played a role in the ouster of Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, who was forced resigned amid mass public protests.

But Mr Soros denied such claims.

"Everything in Georgia was done by its people, not by me. I had nothing to do with it," he told reporters later on Wednesday.

He also dismissed media speculation that the presidential administration was somehow involved, describing the accident as an "individual action".

The Hungarian-born billionaire has founded the Open Society Institute to promote civil society in the former communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

Mr Soros is currently on a five-day visit in Ukraine.

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