New Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed Andriy Bohdan to head President’s Administration.  Prior to his appointment, Bohdan advised Zelensky on legal issues.

"In line with Part 3 of Article 106 of the Constitution of Ukraine and taking into account Clause 2 of Part 3 of Article 3 of the Law of Ukraine on State Service, I am ruling on the appointment of Andriy Yosypovych Bohdan as head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine," says Decree No. 304/2019 posted on the Presidential Administration's website.

Prior to his appointment, Andriy Bohdan advised Volodymyr Zelensky on legal issues.

A comedian with no prior political experience, Zelenskiy won last month’s presidential election by a landslide on promises to fight corruption and put an end to politics as usual.

But he has come under scrutiny for his business ties to Ihor Kolomoisky, who is one of Ukraine’s richest men and who has been at loggerheads with the authorities over control of PrivatBank, the largest lender in the country.

Bohdan was an adviser to Kolomoisky when he was a regional governor in 2014.  He served as one of Kolomoisky’s lawyers in the tycoon’s running legal battle with the government over PrivatBank, which Kolomoisky owned until 2016.

Zelenskiy has longstanding business ties with Kolomoisky but has dismissed suggestions that he would return PrivatBank to Kolomoisky or offer him state compensation.