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Tymoshenko faces yet another investigation

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July 5, 2011, 10:48 p.m. | Politics — by Associated Press

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The Ukrainian security service says it has opened a criminal investigation into the activities of an energy company once headed by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Tymoshenko, the country's top opposition leader, is already on trial on charges she abused her office in signing a natural gas import deal with Russia in 2009. Tymoshenko denies the accusations and says the trial is an attempt by President Viktor Yanukovych to bar her from politics.

The new probe focuses on whether former Cabinet officials and employees of United Energy Systems of Ukraine, a firm managed by Tymoshenko in the mid 1990s, embezzled $405 million.

The agency said Tuesday it opened the probe after Russia had asked Ukraine to pay off that company's debt. Tymoshenko denies the debt exists.
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Anonymous July 6, 2011, 2:49 a.m.    

Although I am no fan of Yulia it appears to me this is another politically motivated ridiculous attempt at preoccupying Yulia and keeping her out of politics and out of the way of the current governing powers. It is also another mocery of the Ukrainian Legal system. How can Ukrainians have confidense in such a system. Why are valuable time and money spent in this way? Where is the ligitimate investigations into the real criminals that exist everywhere in local and high government officials? Enough is enough. Too many ordinary Ukrainians are suffering and need better lives and better laws without the current corruption that is allowed. Yulia is not the problem so stop wasting Ukrains time and money on her.

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Anonymous July 6, 2011, 8:13 a.m.    

Another debt owed to Russia that has surfaced after 15 years ??? sounds dubious at the best,,,why havent they tried to recover this in the courts before now ? what company would allow debts of 400 million to go without legal action ??? Come on lets get real here ,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Anonymous July 8, 2011, 9:03 p.m.    

Yanukovych is beginning to resemble the former cheneybush cabal, and that cannot bode well for Ukraine.

Look to the Fascism that has arisen from the days of reagan and the leapfrogging of such after the eight year disaster of the those criminals, and the abysmal state of the Oligarchal United States today.

Tymoshenko is guilty of nothing except being a threat to another Yanukovych Kuchma/like term when he will complete his turning of Ukraine into another Belarus.

He stole the last election, and now he wants to eliminate the opposition with one farce after another in what passes for a court.

Ukraine would be better-off with the American Right-wing Robert's Supreme Court, but only slightly so.

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Anonymous July 15, 2011, 5:01 a.m.    

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is the victim of a modern day witch-hunt.

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