Amid the political turbulence rattling Ukraine, some oligarchs have scored new government jobs. Billionaire Ihor Kolomoyskyi, for example, was named head of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Administration on Sunday.
Also Sunday, Sergey Taruta, another billionaire businessman, was appointed as the new regional governor of Donetsk, where pro-Kiev demonstrations this week have overtaken pro-Moscow demonstrations in size, Reuters reported Thursday.
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Kolomoyskyi and Taruta did not return phone calls from CNBC requesting comment.
Oligarchs perceived as being especially close with the leadership of fugitive president Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the country last month, face a particularly difficult situation.
Sergey Kurchenko, for example, a former Yanukovych ally whose wealth accelerated when the president was in power, has already been accused of money laundering by members of the new Ukrainian government. Stratfor Eurasia analyst Eugene Chausovsky told CNBC that Kurchenko's assets would likely be targeted by the new Ukrainian government—and even possibly by the West.
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Then there's Ukraine's wealthiest man, Rinat Akhmetov. The oligarch is believed to be worth $15 billion—for perspective, that also happens to be the amount of aid the European Union is preparing for Ukraine in order to help the country regain its economic footing.
Chausovsky and other analysts said that Akhmetov can monetarily influence who will be in power in Ukraine in the first place, since would-be leaders would most likely require his support to finance campaigns and other political projects.
"However, he may come under greater pressure from Russia, and will walk a very fine line and be careful with Moscow," Chausovsky said.