Prosecutor: Tymoshenko assaults prison guard

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Aug. 9, 2012, 1:21 p.m. | Ukraine — by Katya Gorchinskaya

Renat Kuzmin says Yulia Tymoshenko assaulted a guard.

Katya Gorchinskaya

Katya Gorchinskaya has been the Kyiv Post's deputy chief editor since 2009 and is a contributor to The Wall Street Journal and other publications. She can be reached at

On top of the existing criminal cases that are piling up against Yulia Tymoshenko, the prosecutor's office is accusing the imprisoned former prime minister of assaulting a male guard in the Kharkiv prison where she is serving a seven-year sentence.

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Roman Dawydiak Aug. 9, 2012, 2:12 p.m.    

Rinat Kuzmin has fallen out of his tree again. This brainless baboon would probably throw his own family in prison if it would help with his "case" against Yulia Tymoshenko. Another typical Stalinist.

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carl Aug. 9, 2012, 7:04 p.m.    

Khvylia the prosecutor has no reason to make this up. Yulia is from the class of oligarchs and they think they are above all others, above the law. Just being locked up is hell for them just imagine their misery at being told what to do being forced to obey rules.

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bernardh Aug. 9, 2012, 10:47 p.m.    

The reasons for all these allegations is of course to keep Tymoshenko in jail, to prevent her from taking part in any elections and to discredit her in the public opinion. However, the Ukrainian prosecutors completely lost their credibility long time ago; they are just carrying out political orders, as Pshonka himself has frankly admitted: "I'm a member of the president's team, and will fulfill his orders".

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Luda Semeniuk Aug. 9, 2012, 2:59 p.m.    

Did anyone bother asking what the guard did to Tymoshenko? If she did fight off a guard, maybe it was in self defense. If it was in self defense, then you have a problem with the guard.

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elmer-елмер Aug. 9, 2012, 6:51 p.m.    

Let's see what the psycho insane asylum sovok mafia is up to today.

Oh, look - having put Tymoshenko and Lutsenko and others in jail via stalinist show trials, for the benefit of Firtash, for crimes that they did NOT commit, they now accuse Tymoshenko of ----- "assaulting a male guard."

It's not the guard who has come forth to complain about the "assault" - it's the Protector of All Male Guards himself, psycho sovok mafioso Rinat Kuzmin.

Why do people in Zookraine tolerate this psycho sovok mafia insanity?

Too busy going to Madonna concerts, where Madonna caught on very quickly to the insanity in Zookraine?

Too busy trying to acquire cell phones and counterfeit Dolce and Gabbana clothes and watches?

Too busy drinking to excess?

Why do the psycho sovok mafia insane asylum inmates get to run Zookraine into the ground?

seig heil
Governor Yanusvoloch, servant of Master Biker Lover Putler and Master Biker "The Surgeon"

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joseph gregg Aug. 9, 2012, 7 p.m.    

Hey, she beat me up, too. She must have snuck out of jail and flown here to USA last night. Sure looked like her...

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carl Aug. 9, 2012, 7:09 p.m.    

This woman is going off the deep end now that her husband has abandoned her.

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blueriver Aug. 9, 2012, 7:49 p.m.    

Mr. KUZMIN when Yulia is free she will assault you..But we all know where you will run................Yes run run to Russia.......

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cedrik Aug. 9, 2012, 8:32 p.m.    

This is what is know as throwing the book at her. Going to be an interesting 3 or so years with all the trials.

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Dirk Aug. 10, 2012, 6:39 a.m.    

This regime is becoming as absurd as Belarus. Impeach!!!

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kpxoxol Aug. 12, 2012, 8:48 p.m.    

The CONVICTED criminal thief oligarch "gas princess" Tymoshenko thinks she is above the law. Where is the news in that?

No wonder she committed large scale embezzlement while head of UESU and her thief husband escaped to the thief heavens in the west to keep the loot. She fall so low she used to steal from the Ukraine PENSION FUND to finance her loser campaign. Yuck :(

"Tymoshenko scandals

In August 2000, Olexandr Tymoshenko, a member of the board of the UESU and the husband of Yulia Tymoshenko, was arrested by the Ukrainian police. Together with Valery Falkovych, first deputy general director of the corporation, Tymoshenko was officially accused of embezzling US$800,000 in public funds through the export of rolled metal to Asia during the 1990s.[3] Yulia Tymoshenko served from 1995 to 1997 as the director of the company. Like her husband, Yulia Tymoshenko was arrested and she staid under arrest for several weeks on forgery and gas smuggling charges.[4] Kiev's Appeal Court canceled lodging of criminal proceedings against her and her husband in May 2004 [5] and in September 2005 Russian prosecutors canceled her arrest warrant.[6]

Former head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Valentyn Nalyvaichenko claimed in 2010 that a document detailing the role of FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Semyon Mogilevich in the gas trade in the mid-1990s including ties with top officials close to Tymoshenko was destroyed by his predecessor Oleksandr Turchynov. Turchynov called such claims an "elaborate ruse engineered by Yushchenko" to discredit his close ally, Tymoshenko.[7]

The company was dissolved in 2009.[citation needed]

The Ukrainian security service opened a criminal investigation into the embezzlement of $405 million by Energy Systems of Ukraine early July 2011.[8]"

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