Tigipko declares largest incomes among presidential candidates in 2008

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Nov. 16, 2009, 3:22 p.m. | Politics — by Ukrainian News
Presidential candidate Sergiy Tigipko has declared the largest incomes in 2008 among presidential candidates.Presidential candidates had to submitincome declarations for 2008to the Central Election Commissionwhich posted them on its official web site. Sergiy Tigipko, the former governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, declared Hr 20.26 million as income for 2008.

Oleksandr Pabat turned out to bethe presidential candidate with the lowest incomes in 2008.The deputy of the Kyiv city council from the faction of the Civil Activists of Kyiv blocdeclared a mere of 245 hryvnias and 62 kopecks. According to Pabat's declaration, he received this sum as income in the kind of cost of goods within guarantee replacement of goods.According to Pabat's income declaration, the presidential candidate owns a land lot of 7,327 square meters, a flat of 207.59 square meters, and a garage of 48 square meters. He alsopossessesMaserati Spider, Subaru Impreza, Mercedes-Benz 230, Porsche Carrera, Aero-8, and Citroen C6. In 2008, Oleksandr Pabat spent Hr 22,491.19 for maintenance of property.

Another presidential candidate - Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko - declared Hr 386,170 for 2008, presidential candidate and Party of Regions Faction Leader Victor Yanukovych declared Hr 4.9 million, President Victor Yushchenko declared Hr 1.04 million, and Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn declared Hr 657,337.

Tymoshenko and Yuschenko have exchanged unpleasant remarks concerning the declared incomes of one another.

During a meeting with journalists a question made President Victor Yushchenko wonder who funded the expensive campaigning of Yulia Tymoshenko if her income declaration indicates she does not own any apartments or house.

"From which source do hundreds of millions come for the campaigning of the prime minister, who has no flat, no land lot, no car? Down-and-out! How can one be a tramp in the age of 50? The prime minister has nothing to call own in her age of 50. And this person wants to say she can tell the nation how to provide the future?" the president said.

Tymoshenko said in response she really looked like adown-and-out on the background of Victor Yushchenko.

"I was surprised at seeing in the declaration of the president a new land lot of 13 hectares in Bezradychy in Kyiv. Well, I also think I probably look like adown-and-out in comparison with the president, because I have not stolen any land lot from the state during my term of the prime minister," Tymoshenko said.

The Ukrainian prime minister said she has never occupied any state dacha although she has every right to do so, unlike President Victor Yushchenko who, according to Tymoshenko, has occupied a state dacha of 1,000 square meters.
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