Bohoslovska sure it won't take much time to prove Tymoshenko's guilt in signing gas contracts

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April 14, 2011, 11:27 a.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

The head of the parliament's temporary commission investigating the signing of gas agreements, Inna Bohoslovska

The head of the parliament's temporary commission investigating the signing of gas agreements, Inna Bohoslovska, has said he is sure that former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko abused power. "This criminal case should not take much time for the Prosecutor General's Office, because all the facts and all of the necessary documents are available. And even the most ordinary, legally incompetent people will understand that Tymoshenko abused power and signed the directives that were not approved at a Cabinet of Ministers meeting, and, therefore, she must be called to account under Part 3, Article 365 of the Criminal Code, as has been announced by the Prosecutor General's Office," she said.

Bohoslovska noted that Tymoshenko had signed the directives of the Cabinet of Ministers, under which Ukraine signed the most disadvantageous gas contract in its history.

"The conditions proposed by Russia were rejected by all government members, and in this connection the directives were not voted for at a government meeting," she said.

"According to the law, the prime minister had no right to issue the directives individually."

Bohoslovska said that the UAH 1.5 billion figure given for damages to the state mentioned in the resolution on the opening of a criminal case against Tymoshenko was the smallest of all the figures and calculations conducted by experts.

"Until January 19, 2009, Ukraine imported Russian gas at $179.50 per 1,000 cubic meters. In an effort to become president, the BYT leader forged the directives and bargained one year of grace for herself, but even in this grace, pre-election year, the average gas price was $60 per 1,000 cubic meters higher than before. As a result of the Moscow agreements, Russia received all the preferences from the contract, whereas Ukraine suffered huge losses," she said.

In her opinion, Tymoshenko's supporters, in order to hide these facts, are trying to manipulate public opinion.

"Tymoshenko, as an adventurer with great experience, is again trying to deceive people and say that the price was lower under her [premiership]. But she signed the agreement not for 2009, but for ten years, for 2009-2018. And if Ukraine had not received a discount on gas at $100 per 1,000 cubic meters as a result of the Kharkiv agreements, the situation with energy supplies would have been even more deplorable. I'd like to recall that in the second quarter of 2011 the price of imported gas will be $297.98 per 1,000 cubic meters, in the third quarter it is projected at $348, and in the fourth - $388. This is with a discount. Without the discount, according to the agreements signed under Tymoshenko's directives, we would have to buy gas at $397.98 per 1,000 cubic meters in the second quarter, $448 in the third and $488 in the fourth," Bohoslovska said.
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Anonymous April 14, 2011, 3:49 p.m.    

Were Yanukovych and Yushchenko not part of the Ukrainian government at the time? They did not propose anything better while they were plotting against Tymoshenko and also deserve some of the responsibility. Instead the plotted against Tymoshenko who did the best that she could under the economic and political situation at that time.

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Anonymous April 14, 2011, 4:37 p.m.    

Well, if the present government believes the agreement was signed illegally by Tymoshenko, then they should declare the contract null and void and refuse to buy gas until it is renegotiated.

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Anonymous April 14, 2011, 8:54 p.m.    

I renegotiated the contract last year when I made the BSF deal with my KGB comrades from Moscow !!!

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Anonymous April 14, 2011, 7:41 p.m.    

There is hell to pay when one group of criminals decides to turn against another. This year has been like Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

Ukraine politics is disfunctional

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Anonymous April 15, 2011, 1:59 a.m.    

Bohoslovska should look at herself in the mirror when she accepts payments from the PoR - and decide that she is surely guilty of selling out Ukraine.

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Anonymous April 15, 2011, 4:50 a.m.    

Bohoslovska is well paid propagandist. She, Yuschenko, Yanuk were all in government at the time of this signing....but not a peep from them. Only now when there is political repression going on, does this woman begin making ridiculous statements.

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Anonymous May 13, 2011, 11:42 a.m.    

Agreed. I wonder if Inna has already ferried out some money from the Ukraine for the time when the tables will turn and she's be brought up on both abuse of office and prostitution charges. The only job she'll get after this is in a brothel in Libya.

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Anonymous April 16, 2011, 12:31 a.m.    

This is so much rubbish it is difficult to even try to read it.

I don't disagree that Yulia should have gotten a better deal and I believe she could have.

But to say she abused her power in obtaining this deal is nothing but a total lie that even someone with only 1/2 a brain cell could see.

This is nothing but political persecution cloaked in lies.

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Anonymous May 18, 2011, 5:29 p.m.    

The Party of Rogues are desparate to destroy their biggest challenge at the next parliamentary elections, without realising that they are actually destroying their own chances of victory in the process. The people resent the fact that those in power would attempt to prosecute the opposition for political gain, when in fact they are the real criminals that should be locked away.

As for Bohoslovska, her market style blabbering have earned her no respect with the people.She is a propaganda agent for the devil, and one of the most frustrating people to listen to because everything that comes out of her mouth are lies! lies! lies! and she never gets tired of lying!!!

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Anonymous Aug. 16, 2011, 3:53 a.m.    

Why is it that Yushchenko has not been charged for abuse of office? There is clear documentation that he had usurped power and authority where he had none. Yushenko denied Ukraine their Constitutional rights, surley he should be held to account.

The gas deal ebtween Russia and Ukriane was signed off by both parties. Ukraine was offered a better deal then that offered to Europe.

So excalty wshat does Inna mean when she claims that the deal of disadvantagous. Disadvantagous to who. Firtsh? Yushchenko. If Tymoshenko had no aithority to sign the agreement then surely teh agreemnet has no force. It is in effect. ie there is no agreement.

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