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Vol 49 No 8

Published 11th April 2008


Angola

Gaydamak goes

Questions surround the resignation of President José Eduardo dos Santos's confidant, special consultant and billionaire Arkady Gaydamak, on 6 April, as well as the fate of Gaydamak's diplomatic passport. The Angolan diplomatic passport has given Gaydamak protection against an international arrest warrant issued by the French authorities in connection with the Angolagate arms scandal. Gaydamak has consistently denied any wrongdoing in the affair; a decade ago President Dos Santos announced that Gaydamak and his associates were 'national heroes' in Angola. Now Gaydamak's relations with Luanda have soured: he has not been seen in Angola since last year (AC Vol 48 No 10). His last job appears to have been representing Angola's interests in Russia.

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