Kuzmin: Tymoshenko owes over $405 million to Russia

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July 21, 2011, 11:46 a.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko owes over $405 million to Russian companies and the Russian Defense Ministry, First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin has said. "Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko had a personal debt to Russian gas companies and the Russian Defense Ministry. The debt was accumulated in the period when Tymoshenko led the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU)," he said at a press briefing on Thursday.

Kuzmin said that the UESU's debt to Russian structures exceeded $405 million.

He said that under former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko, the UESU had given guarantees to Russian companies to recover its debt using budget funds if the money were not repaid.

"Why did [former] Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko refuse in that period to report her debt to the authorized organizations and the Ukrainian president?" Kuzmin said.

He said that when the UESU failed to repay its debt, it was submitted for payment by the Ukrainian side.

The central investigation department of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) launched criminal proceedings into the alleged attempted embezzlement of $405 million by former members of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and officials from the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) and United Energy International Limited.

The former officials "conspired to embezzle, through abuse of office, a total of $405 million from the Ukrainian national budget," the SBU said.

A criminal case has been opened on charges of attempted massive misappropriation and embezzlement by an organized group.

The reason for opening the criminal case were appeals by Ukraine's Prime Minister Mykola Azarov dated June 23 and June 29, 2011, to the SBU, as well as an appeal by Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov to Ukraine's government dated June 10, 2011.

Azarov said that the Ukrainian government had no intention of repaying the debt of United Energy Systems of Ukraine to the Russian Defense Ministry.

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Anonymous July 21, 2011, 12:07 p.m.    

it's even funny a bit! Tymoschenko is going to be judged because of debts but she owes even not Ukraine! on the one hand, because of some guarantees the Ukrainian side is to pay...but on another hand, according to Kuzmin and Azarov himself the Ukrainian government have no intention to return debts at all! so about what damages to Ukraine we are speaking! And if Ukraine does not pay out and if for some years none has mentioned those debts...why Azarov and Co. decided to touch upon that issue now? Perhaps they just asked Russian side to help to sentence Tymoshenko? Yep, this government is very skillful...

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Anonymous July 21, 2011, 12:45 p.m.    

To all the clowns who said Tymoshenko stole the $400 million from Russia so therefore its OK:

She stole the money from Russia, but to keep the Russians from coming after her, she wants to pay the money back using the Ukrainian state budget funds... thats stealing from Ukrainians

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Anonymous July 21, 2011, 6:58 p.m.    

Agreed. I think most the posters here are in 'shoot the messenger' mode.

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Anonymous July 21, 2011, 1:35 p.m.    

Azarov said that the Ukrainian government had no intention of repaying the debt of Ukraine to the IMF, World Bank, European Union, Russia or anyone else foolish enough to give money to Ukraine.

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Anonymous July 21, 2011, 4:03 p.m.    

How many hundreds of billions does Russia owe Ukraine both in terms or restitution for mass murder/invasions and equally splitting up the former Soviet Union assets and reservs.

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Anonymous July 21, 2011, 6:39 p.m.    

The list would be endless. The damage to people, to the intellectuals and the generations that would have followed let alone the capital and natural resources of Ukraine. They owe Ukraine their very existence. What other country in the world start it's history in another country. It's like a bad marriage where there was an unwilling bride. Whatever is yours is mine and whatever is mine is mine. You are worthless and I am supreme. Such is Moscow's mentality.

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Anonymous July 23, 2011, 8:03 p.m.    

Actually not like a bad marriage. More appropriately like an Ungrateful child! Russia is the &quot;child&quot; of Proto Ukraine. That does not respect the parent....The natural resources of Ukraine are her People. Unfortunately they have been killed squandered abused and forgotten. Do you People not care that your sisters and daughters arer being sold like livestock in the white slavery trade/ human trafficking atrocity? Regardless of what has been said Ukraine is not a 3rd world country. Turkey which is more along the lines of a 3rd country and having a population of nearly 75 million seems to be doing better than Ukraine....or is all of this propaganda? A better ally to Ukraine is again the &quot;ungrateful&quot; child. The problems must be reconciled. Do not think that the west is concerned about Ukraine. They will abuse and use you more than Russia has done in the past. NewWorldOrder and globilization only benefit a few and the majority shall suffer. So reconcile your differences with Russia before it is too late.

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Anonymous July 21, 2011, 6:25 p.m.    

Kuzmin calls himself a prosecutor but practices dirty politics. Make no mistake, everything coming from the prosecutors office regarding Tymoshenko are fabricated lies.These criminals a desparate to please the devil dictator who wants Tymoshenko in jail now!

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Anonymous July 22, 2011, 2:37 a.m.    

Kuzmin is a dirty filthy scum bag. Nothing more than a pig for hire.

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Anonymous July 23, 2011, 7:50 p.m.    

If you people can not write a decent sensible &quot;comment&quot; on any of these subjects and articles then why bother? This is not about soccer/ football. Did Arnold Swarzeneggar write these &quot;one line&quot; comments? How does someone spend $400,000,000????

Tymoshenko was/is the Ice Queen, and like most politicians,she did not serve the people that she was elected to serve. All politicians help their own bank accounts and the &quot;special interest&quot; groups: be they oligarchs or foreign government. If any politician is a legitimate candidate they usually become corrupt. Sad but true.The soviets did damage to Russia, not the Russian people. Do not expect to get &quot;reparations&quot; for any past wrong doings....Turkey and Germany did many wrongs to the nation of Greece. Turkey denies everything and Germany may have mumbled sorry. They lost their Empire lands people and dignity.

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