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Firtash denies receiving any lawsuit notification

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April 27, 2011, 10:09 p.m. | Politics — by Kyiv Post

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Ukrainian businessman Dmitry Firtash says he hasn't not received any notification of legal action from any courts in New York, according to his press-service. Firtash does not believe that Tymoshenko has any grounds for challenging such decision in New York or in any other Forum.

The Kyiv Post has obtained a copy of the lawsuit filed in a U.S. court by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, accusing businessman Dmytro Firtash, gas trader RosUkrEnergo and Ukraine's political leadership of "racketeering" and defrauding Ukrainians of billion-dollar volumes of natural gas by manipulating an international arbitration court ruling.

RosUkrEnergo, co-owned by Firtash, who is close to President Viktor Yanukovych's inner circle, and Russian gas giant Gazprom, won an international arbitration court ruling last year, obliging Ukrainian state gas company Naftogaz to hand over 12.1 billion cubic meters of gas.

Naftogaz had appropriated 11 billion cubic meters of gas in January 2009 after Tymoshenko struck a deal with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that cut RosUkrEnergo out of the gas trade between the countries.

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Anonymous April 27, 2011, 10:20 p.m.    

Only in Ukraine can a fireman become a billionaire. Amazing isn't it. I wonder who contributed to this astronomical rise in wealth.

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Anonymous April 27, 2011, 11:15 p.m.    

He will deny he is even Firtash.

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Anonymous April 27, 2011, 11:38 p.m.    

Only in ukraine can an idiot not in government be suing the government and Some Business man about some Gas deal that she did not get any share in,because not in power anymore...very funny and absurd... The same person is the Cause of Gas blackout in ukraine and Europe fueling big gas wars between ukraine and russia and the rest of europe in jeopardy.. should just go and sleep and find something better to do, you are no longer in power and will not be in power again.. ukrainians are not stupid... At least even if the current president is not good as wanted, he is doing better things and achieving better things than what she and her opposition blocks could not ..... Time to face facts and reality and forget all these sentiments...

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Anonymous April 28, 2011, 5:03 a.m.    

Have you considered remedial english classes? Atta boy!

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Anonymous April 28, 2011, 5:31 a.m.    

this crook's day of reckoning is coming...

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Anonymous April 28, 2011, 10:56 a.m.    

Calling Dmitry Firtash a &quot;Ukrainian businessman&quot; is like saying Saddam Hussein, Joesph Stalin or Hitler were just misunderstood managers of population control. Dmitry Firtash needs a very fast Ferrari and to drive with no lights or seat belt. Ukraine would be a much better place knowing that he will be dearly missed. I am sure he will leave his billions in stolen money to help the poor suffering Ukrainian children that will have a sad future ahead with out the help of our beloved Dmitry Firtash's billions. There will be enough to balance the debt and cover the Chernobyl site. The rest will be used to pay teachers and police a living wage for the next 5 years. God bless you Dmitry Firtash, you are a saint for what you have done for your country.

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Anonymous April 28, 2011, 5:22 p.m.    

Dmitry Firtash is an honest, hardworking businessman. He made his money in Ukraine's gas business the same way your heroine, Yulia Tymo, made hers...

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