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UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT APPOINTS NEW SECRET SERVICE CHIEF. President Leonid Kuchma on 4 September appointed Ihor Smishko to head the Security Service of Ukraine, Interfax reported. Smishko, 48, served as first deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (RNBO) prior to his appointment. He replaced Volodymyr Radchenko, who was appointed as secretary of the RNBO earlier this week (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 3 September 2003). JM
UKRAINE TO GET $40 MILLION FROM WORLD BANK TO UPGRADE TAX COLLECTION. First Deputy Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and World Bank Director for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine Luca Barbone signed an accord in Kyiv on 4 September under which Ukraine will obtain a credit of $40 million for a 10-year program to modernize its Tax Service, Interfax reported. Azarov said the program will help make the work of the Tax Service more transparent, and tax regulations simpler and clearer. JM