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Firtash’s companies ask a US court to dismiss Tymoshenko's complaint

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Oct. 5, 2012, 11:58 a.m. | Ukraine — by Yuriy Onyshkiv

Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (top right) is suing Ukrainian billionaire Dmytro Firtash (above) and some of his companies in a New York court, accusing them of racketeering and defrauding Ukrainians of billion-dollar volumes of natural gas. Firtash, who claims to have never gotten summons to the court, and others dismiss the allegation as baseless. Tymoshenko also believes that it was President Viktor Yanukovych who ordered to put her behind bars for the 2009 gas deal with Russia, an allegation Yanukovych had always denied. As a result of the contract Firtash's RosUkrEnergo gas trader was removed as an intermediary from the lucrative Russia-Ukraine gas trade.
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Yuriy Onyshkiv

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Ukrainian Nadra Bank and Swiss-registered RosUkrEnergo, both owned by Ukrainian billionaire Dmytro Firtash, are asking a U.S. court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The defendants in the civil lawsuit say the court lacks jurisdiction over these institutions and that the companies have committed no wrongdoing.

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