Billion-dollar Conflicts

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Sept. 9, 2010, 11:46 p.m. | Ukraine — by Svitlana Tuchynska

From left, Energy Minister Yuriy Boyko, presidential administration head Serhiy Lyovochkin, State Security Service of Ukraine head Valeriy Khoroshkovsky and RosUkrEnergo part-owner Dmytro Firtash. Ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, repeating accusations she made while in power, alleged on Sept. 6 that all four men are business associates in either the gas trade or in media holdings, making it a massive conflict of interest for these government officials to be involved in decisions that could transfer $5 billion worth of the state's natural gas supplies back to RosUkrEnergo, 45 percent owned by Firtash.

Svitlana Tuchynska

Ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko may be fading in popularity, but she remains one of the few politicians to openly denounce conflicts of interest between top officials of President Viktor Yanukovych’s administration and RosUkrEnergo, the shadowy gas trader jointly owned by Russia’s Gazprom and Ukrainian businessmen.
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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2010, 2:13 a.m.    

Thank you again Kiev Post for this well done article. Here you are doing your part. If the people of Ukraine do not care, that will be their loss.

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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2010, 3:40 a.m.    

I hope all this gets chronicled.

The vitality of Ukraine is at risk; and shall flicker under this stress.

Hopefully a day will come when the corruption will implode under its own weight.

Its aftermath will depend on introspection based on history.


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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2010, 9:05 a.m.    

Since no one is showing all documents involved, it’s not clear where the truth lies. Just about sums up this article and all the accusations of this article. How often we have heard &quot;We have documents to prove&quot; in the past but they never seem to be produced. Go away Yulia and let this goverment get on with the job of putting right your mistakes, biggest amoungst them involving in us with the I.M.F. and hopefully holding you and your corrupt group accountable for all your corruption.

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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2010, 4:16 p.m.    

Yeah?... So where's YOUR proof?... What nonsense... If there is ANY motivation for the current ruling junta to show ANY degree of transparency or accountability in its economic dealings, it is the IMF.

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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2010, 8:33 p.m.    

I remember some silly people on another forum, demanding proof when it came to Yushenko, but ignoring the same for Yulia. The big question, is with Ukraine's judicial system, how would you prove anything and be accurate?

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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2010, 4:01 p.m.    

Be careful Kyiv Post or your journalists may start disappearing. Hehe . Keep up the good work! Down with Yanuconvict and his cronies!

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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2010, 4:43 p.m.    

Most Ukrainians are now ignoring Tymoshenko, and it is time for Kyiv Post to do the same. Let her return the billions she stole from the Ukrainian people using her own gas intermediary. Why keep putting a pathological liar on the front page of the newspaper every week.

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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2010, 8:32 p.m.    


Ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko this week charged top members of President Viktor Yanukovych’s administration with large-scale corruption and conflicts of interest in the natural gas trade.

She also should have mentioned the struggles she had with Yushenko's crew to make this issue more transparent. Nor should one ignore Putin's remarks when she had successfully removed the intermediaries that this was a &quot;CASH COW&quot; for Yushenko and Firtash.

There is no doubt there was a time when she also gained, but she does appear and has appeared to have a strong interest in adding transparency to this very corrupt issue. Of course, not sure I'd want to buy a car from her, but would before Yush and Yanu. If I had a choice of walking or buying a car from those two, I'd walk.

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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2010, 9:15 p.m.    

Yulia was no worse than the present crop of thugs in government....and the thugs in power now are no better than yulia was.

It is a continuum of the same thievery....just different mafiosa clans running the show. Ukraine desperately needs a cleansing in the political sphere.....iow....Ukraine needs a 'lustration'.....and a whole new set of individuals who will live for Ukraine....not live off Ukraine.

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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2010, 9:27 p.m.    

We will see the truth of this only when the tagged rats begin to scurry, and then jump from a sinking ship.... until then, they will dig in defensively. This never lasts long, as rats are self interested above all else.

Vichnaya Pamyat PP &amp; POR!

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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2010, 11:01 p.m.    

why doesnt yulia ask the IMF to investigate where the billions went last year, oh and the japanese aid, another case of the pot calling the kettle black get rid of them all and ask mickey mouse to run the country

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