Cigarettes (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Hundreds of activists in several Ukrainian cities blockaded on Tuesday the cigarette distribution centers owned by a Russian tycoon with alleged links to ousted pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovych.Forbes magazine identifies Kasaev as president of the Mercury group of companies that controls 70 percent of the Russian cigarette market and more than 90 percent of those in Kazakhstan and Ukraine.Yanukovych fled to exile in Russia hours after his ouster by pro-European protesters in February 2014 .An AFP correspondent in the heavily pro-Western and nationalist city of Lviv saw around 300 protesters gather early Tuesday in an attempt to prevent employees of the Russian cigarette distribution company from driving up to their office.
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