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State Penitentiary Service: Meeting between US lawyers and Tymoshenko lasted four hours

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June 29, 2012, 12:41 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

A police officer stands guard in front of a placard reading"Justice in Ukraine" as supporters of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko gather during a rally in front of Ukraine's high court.
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Four experts from U.S. law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP had a meeting with former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on June 28, which was also attended by her defense lawyer, Serhiy Vlasenko, the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine has reported.

The meeting was held in Tymoshenko's ward at Ukrzaliznytsia's Central Clinical Hospital No. 5 in Kharkiv and lasted four hours.

"The leadership of the hospital or the Kachanivska penal colony received no comments or statements from U.S. experts and Vlasenko after the meeting," the service said.

It also said that upon arrival of the U.S. experts in the hospital, Vlasenko "demanded, in the form of an ultimatum, a video recording of the meeting, which is prohibited by Ukrainian law."

However, the permission to conduct a video recording of the meeting was not granted.

As reported, the Ukrainian Justice Ministry has attracted the U.S. Skadden law firm in investigating the Tymoshenko vs. Ukraine case in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). A contract for the provision of legal services was signed between the ministry and the firm on May 25, 2012.

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freedom..... June 29, 2012, 8:32 p.m.    

Typical IntUkr paid for propoganda by the por.

The most important fact is omitted, convieniently, in this story.
The law firm Skadden...., was hired, and is being paid for with taxpayers money, to print a white washed and biased report that Yulia was treated 'fairly',,,ha!

This is why Vlasenko wanted a video....but was denied.

Conclusion......yanuslimeovych does not trust his paid for legal system, so he spends more money buying a 'phony' report; trying to convince the people her 'stalin show trial' was honest.

The gong show gets goonier and goonier.
Yanuk has destroyed the economy of Ukraine,,,,,,,and destroyed our image to the world.
Euro 2012 is a snapshot of how friendly Ukrainians are.....soon to be forgot with the continued corruption being perpetrated,,,,,,and no movement to rule of law,,,,and democracy.

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elmer-елмер June 29, 2012, 8:50 p.m.    

freedom, the article says that Skadden Arps was hired to represent Zookraine in the European Court of Human Rights.

I don't know why they would have needed an interview with Tymoshenko - the European Court of Human Rights reviews cases based on the record of the proceedings already made in the courts of the particular country under review.

An interview is not part of the court proceedings.

I think it was just a way for Skadden Arps to add to their bill, and to satifsy their curiosity

It's not the same situation as Akin Gump and Trouth Cacheris and Kroll, which was a big publicity stunt, complete with a "report.".

Of course, Interfax is definitely not going to provide any factual information, other than the fact that a "meeting" took place.

I'm sure that Vlasenko and Tymoshenko both were throwing in tons of objections to questions.

seig heil дер фюрер янусволоч

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elmer-елмер June 29, 2012, 8:44 p.m.    

Akin Gump

Trout Cacheris

Skadden Arps

Prior to that, Ukraine (under Tymoshenko) had hired White and Case, another US law firm, to represent Ukraine in the Stockholm Arbitration against Firtash/RosUkrEnergo.

But then Boyko took over.

White and Case had issued a memo against the disastrous change of position by Ukraine.

Boyko got rid of White and Case.

And then proceeded to pull off one of the biggest frauds ever, together with Firtash, in the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal.

Let's see - 4 lawyers from Skadden Arps at the hourly rate of at least $1,000 per hour each (they are, after all, originally based in New York City - started out as a small mergers and acquisitions firm, when mergers and acquisitions were hot).

4 hours, plus travel time to and from the meeting, plus assorted legal research by assorted other lawyers and paralegals.

I figure the 4-hour meeting alone cost at least $16,000.

Is the contract with Skadden Arps posted publicly?

It should be - a government agency hired yet another US law firm.

Of course they're not going to tell the "leadership of the hospital" anything - they're not done piling up the legal fees yet, and they were not hired to report to the "leadership of the hospital."

seig heil
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rcd1 July 1, 2012, 6:58 a.m.    

Youcr most likely dead on with your assessment except one thing. U.S. Law firms such as this one do not come cheap and certainly at the meager fees you suggested. Up the cost into the six figures and then you've just about got it right. There's more going on here than meets the eye so don't be surprised if this American law firm has just nabbed a quick easy half a million or more in U.S. dollars for some really easy pickings in Ukraine. Also don't underestimate high powered law firms such as this one. Few
Lawyers (and none in Ukraine) can go toe to toe with such high powered teams of legal minds. Not in a democracy which is what the Human Court of Human Rights is based upon. It will take another very prominent high powered Law firm to go to battery with them if a win is expected for Yulia. The odds are now not in her favor. Isn't that what

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rcd1 July 1, 2012, 7 a.m.    

Isn't that what Yanucovich and his cronies want and expect? To bury Yulia and beat her in E.U.s courts. The stakes are much higher now.

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elmer-елмер July 3, 2012, 1:09 a.m.    

rcd1, I was not suggesting that $16,000 was the only fee that was going to be charged.

I am very familiar with large law firms, and the idea is to bill out the wazoo for everything.

Someone's got to pay for those Oriental rugs.

Skadden Arps started out as a boutique law firm dealing with securities law.

Now they find themselves representing a sovok mafia government which routinely violates human rights.

You are right - the fee is, without a doubt, quite large, and the idiot sovok mafiosi in Zookraine are easy pickings.

The thing about courts in a democracy, however, is that the courts are the great leveler.

In a democracy, everyone is equal before the law, and it takes more than having a purported "high powered law firm" to get a ruling in one's favor.

All you have to do is to look at the numerous cases filed against Tymosehenko in the US.

In the US District Court of Oregon, there were 3 "high powered law firms" representing Ukrvaktsina.

They have not always gotten their way.

In a democracy, the courts are not going to roll over for one side or another just because of a purported "high powered law firm."

There are also pesky things to deal with, such as facts, which are routinely ignored in Zookraine, and law, which is also routinely ignored in Zookraine.

The law in democracies includes the right to a jury trial, and due process, among other things, which are ignored in Zookraine.

There have been many cases brought against Russia and Ukraine in the European Court of Human Rights, resulting in judgments against - Russian and Ukraine.

In a democracy, the courts also have procedures, and trying to "bury" someone is NOT something which is tolerated.

Neither is trial by ambush.

By the way, the European Court of Human Rights has a web site on which its proceedings and decisions are open to public access.

Unlike in Zookraine.

I have faith in the European Court of Human Rights.

I have no faith whatsoever in the "courts" in Zookraine, and I can't imagine that there is any lawyer or "judge" in Zookraine that is proud of the legal system in Zookraine, or proud to be lawyer or a "judge."

seig heil
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Roman Dawydiak June 30, 2012, 6:47 a.m.    

Two of the richest oligarchs in Ukraine today, Rinat Akhmetov and Valeriy Khoroshkovskyi, have both declared that they will not stand for election to the new Verkhovna Rada this coming October. "Rats" jumping the sinking ship? Not a good idea to put all of your eggs in the same basket (best to save a few for Yanukovych)? Why throw away good money after bad? Hmmm...

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elmer-елмер June 30, 2012, 5:44 p.m.    

Akhmetov NEVER showed up in Parliament.

Piano voting took care of his absence.

How about this? Now that the Parliament is talking about actually doing something about removing total parliamentary immunity, there's no point for either one of those mafiosi to spend money in order to get elected.

With the "courts" securely in the hands of yanusvoloch and the "Higher Council of Justice" (oh, by the way, is Khoroshkovsky connected with the "Higher Council of Justice"?) - they won't get prosecuted anyway.

seigh heil
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cedrik June 30, 2012, 10:11 p.m.    

Do you enjoy talking to yourself? LOL. Good bye, KP. How far thou hast fallen.

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Roman Dawydiak July 1, 2012, 2:57 a.m.    

That is incorrect Cedrik. Logical statements countering POR propaganda= In the thousands. Logical statements supporting POR propaganda= ZERO!

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