Roman Olearchyk writes:Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s former prime minister, has filed a lawsuit in a U.S. court accusing companies and affiliated business backers close to Viktor Yanukovych, the country’s president, of defrauding the nation of billions of dollars worth of natural gas, “racketeering” and political persecution. In filing the tort lawsuit on April 27 with the US District Court in Manhattan, Tymoshenko upped the ante in her stand-off with Yanukovych, who narrowly beat her in the 2010 presidential election. The suit also continues a longstanding domestic political battle over lucrative gas deals between Ukraine and Russia.
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