Update: Old bribe case re-opened against Tymoshenko

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May 12, 2010, 3:56 p.m. | Politics — by Reuters

Ukraine's prosecutor's office said on Wednesday it had re-opened a 2004 criminal case against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on accusations she had tried to bribe Supreme Court judges.


Ukraine's prosecutor's office said on Wednesday it had re-opened a 2004 criminal case against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on accusations she had tried to bribe Supreme Court judges. Tymoshenko, who lost to President Viktor Yanukovych in a bitterly-fought election in February, immediately accused her old foe of conducting "open, undisguised repression" to silence her as an opposition force.

The prosecutor's main investigation section said Tymoshenko had been called in on Wednesday and formally told that the case, which had been prematurely halted in January 2005 without a proper investigation, had been re-opened.

"At the present moment, a pre-trial investigation of the case has been resumed," its statement said.

The legal action comes as Tymoshenko, a populist who wears her hair in a peasant braid, seeks to stir up public opinion against Yanukovych's pro-Russian policies.

Tymoshenko and her followers see an April 21 deal in which Yanukovych extended the stay of the Russian navy in a Ukrainian port until 2042 in exchange for cheaper gas as a sell-out of sovereignty.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is paying an official visit to the ex-Soviet republic on May 17-18 and Tymoshenko's BYuT bloc says it will organise protests if any more agreements are signed which it deems against the national interests.

As she left the prosecutor's office, Tymoshenko told journalists she had been summoned to see investigators again on May 17 and she linked the move to Medvedev's visit.

"Yanukovych wants to demonstrate how he deals with the opposition," she said. "Once again it shows he is ... simply a puppet, ready to do whatever is required to humiliate and bleed Ukraine of its life's blood," she said.

"Yanukovych is now hauling out old cases which will lead nowhere. He is creating open, undisguised repression," she said.


Tymoshenko was in the opposition at the time of the alleged offences and later in 2004 went on to lead, with ex-President Viktor Yushchenko, the "Orange Revolution" street demonstrations that robbed Yanukovych of his first chance of being president.

This is not her first brush with justice officials.

In 2001 she spent some weeks in a Kyiv prison on charges of financial violations relating to her activities in trading in gas imports in the mid-1990s from which she acquired the political nickname, the "Gas Princess".

She was released without trial and she has always said the legal action against her was politically motivated by the then President Leonid Kuchma, Yanukovych's patron.

Last month, Yanukovych's prime minister, Mykola Azarov, charged Tymoshenko's government with the loss of about $378 million, received from selling Ukrainian carbon quotas to Japan.

It said the government had received the money in "foreign ecological investment" but not a single ecological and energy saving project had been realised.

In 2009 Ukraine sold 30 million carbon emission rights to Japan for $375 million and had said it hopes to earn $2 billion or more from the sale of the right to pollute carbon credits that it does not use. Tymoshenko lost narrowly to Yanukovych in a run-off vote in February, but has refused to recognise him as a legitimate leader, alleging election fraud by his camp.
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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 6:08 p.m.    

It's like Kuchma never left. This is a dumb move, though. Yanuconvict is just going to consolidate the opposition around her. The opposition is pretty fragmented now.

But Yanuconvict is so afraid of the pretty lady that he'll end up with mass demonstrations now matter what. Ceausescu anyone?

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 2:58 a.m.    

For the Romanian people, that ended very well indeed!

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 6:51 p.m.    

Looks like they are quite afraid of Tymo still because she poses a real threat.

Look out for &quot;accidents&quot; with prominent opposition figures in the near future.

Ukrainians better get ready to forcibly take power in Ukraine.

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Gene Nelson May 12, 2010, 7:59 p.m.    

Very dumb move, but what else can you expect from this authoritarian and corrupt govt?

This is only the start. It will get worse.

All the people in the govt are ALL old Kuchma people and everyone knows what type of govt that was.

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Gene Nelson May 12, 2010, 8:20 p.m.    

Also interesting that they never reopened the case on the falsified 2004 presidential election that took place under Kuchma and Yanu...or the vast corruption and crimes committed by that govt.

Oh...I forget...this case against Yulia is only about intimidation, not fairness.

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 8:31 p.m.    

Give me a break! Are you an idiot or something? Just looking at this site and how often she is trying to create anarchy with an every day plea for rallies into the street. The sooner she is put in prison, the sooner she will shut up. Why dont you stupid disapora idiots look at both sides of the story for once.

Oh, did I forget she is one of the biggest crooks Ukraine has ever had??

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 9:37 p.m.    

How can Yanukovych solidify his dictatorship while there is still viable Opposition? This is logical move to help transform Ukraine into &quot;little russia&quot; suitable to be incorporated to Neo Evil Russian Empire =NERE !

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 10:15 p.m.    

Yulia Tymoshenko's biography and achievements:

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Anonymous May 12, 2010, 11:13 p.m.    

I see that you have linked to an article by the Vienna Economic Forum. Is that the same Vienna that Hitler grew up in?

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 12:28 a.m.    

Idiots still defend the individual that stole their money. Or is it the diaspora that doesn't care because it is not THEIR money?

Tymo stole MY TAX MONEY. I want to see her in court.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 2:05 a.m.    

The diaspora is the last place one should look for information. They have very little knowledge of Ukraine and how the people think. The diaspora thrives on memories from 1939 in Lviv.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 2:41 a.m.    

1939? Not really. We are actually thinking ahead to Donetsk 2010 and beyond.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 3:25 a.m.    

The majority of these comments are so immature and childish.

If you act like this,,,,, do not critisize your country. If you can't add anything constructive,,,,,zip it.

If you can't help ,,,,,how do you expect Ukraine to evolve and grow into a proud country.

Keep bashing your opposition, and Yanuk, will censor your words here!!!!

Support and help.

Bless Ukraine

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 8:50 a.m.    

Bribing a judge? A supreme court one as well?

Still she's surely not the only one. True that's no excuse but why are they picking on her? If they were to make some moves to try to reform the judicial system it wouldn't look like such obvious policial persecution.

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Anonymous May 13, 2010, 6:11 p.m.    

yanukovych is a puppet of his KGB masters and now he let the KGB reside in Ukraine to destabalize Ukraine. Back to the show trials of the USSR?

The term show trial is a pejorative description of a type of highly public trial. The term was first recorded in the 1930s.[1] There is a strong connotation that the judicial authorities have already determined the guilt of the defendant and that the actual trial has as its only goal to present the accusation and the verdict to the public as an impressive example and as a warning. Show trials tend to be retributive rather than correctional justice.

Such trials can exhibit scant regard for the principles of jurisprudence and even for the letter of the law.

Show trials were a significant part of Joseph Stalin's regime. The Moscow Trials of the Great Purge period in the Soviet Union are characteristic.

The Moscow Trials were a series of trials of political opponents of Joseph Stalin during the Great Purge. Many of the defendants were executed. After Nikita Khrushchev's revelations in the 1950s, the Moscow Trials are today universally acknowledged as show trials in which the verdicts were predetermined, and then publicly justified through the use of coerced confessions, obtained by torture and threats against the defendants' families.

The purpose of the trials was to ELIMINATE any potential political challengers to Stalin's authority!

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Anonymous May 16, 2010, 2:10 a.m.    

The commies love their show trials, and the commies are back in power now. The por was created from the commies that left the commie party and joined por.

&gt;&gt;1998 commie party = 24.7%

Por = 0%

&gt;&gt;1999 commie party = 22.4%

Por = 0 %

Vitrenko = 10.97%

&gt;&gt;2002 commie party = 19,98%

Por = 5% (?)

Vitrenko =3.2%

&gt;&gt;2004 commie party = 4.97%

Por = 39.26

Vitrenko = 1.53%

&gt;&gt;2006 commie party = 3.66%

Por =32.1%

Vitrenko = 2.93%

&gt;&gt;2007 commie party = 5.39%

Por = 34.37%

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