Tymoshenko sues gas trader in US court (updated)

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April 27, 2011, 4:21 p.m. | Ukraine — by Associated Press

Former Ukranian Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, right, welcomes President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso during their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
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Ukraine's embattled former Premier Yulia Tymoshenko said Wednesday that she has filed a lawsuit in a U.S. court against a controversial company over alleged corruption in natural gas trade with Russia. Tymoshenko, who herself is under investigation for alleged financial misdeeds, filed the lawsuit in a New York federal court against Swiss-based RosUkrEnergo, which is jointly owned by Russia's energy giant Gazprom and Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash.

She is seeking to reverse last year's decision by the Stockholm Arbitration Court that obliged the Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz to hand back 12.1 billion cubic meters of cubic gas to the trader.

Tymoshenko has become Ukraine's top opposition leader after losing last year's presidential election to her bitter foe Viktor Yanukovych.

She has been charged with misallocating several hundreds of millions of dollars as part of an internationally criticized investigation into alleged financial misdeeds while in office.

Tymoshenko denies the allegations and contends the investigation is part of Yanukovych's campaign to silence the opposition.

The suit was filed in the U.S. court under a law that enables foreigners to seek damages for violations of international human rights laws.

Tymoshenko's office gave no further details.

RosUkrEnergo refused immediate comment on the lawsuit.
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Anonymous April 27, 2011, 4:39 p.m.    

Tymoshenko is now an american puppet

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Anonymous April 27, 2011, 6:01 p.m.    

Your denseness continues to amaze... She is in USA courts because only there she will recieve a fair hearing in her attempt to protect Ukiraine interests. GO GIRL!

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Anonymous April 27, 2011, 10:26 p.m.    

We need more Yulia Tymoshenkos in America.

America's only female counterparts are Sarah Palin/Michelle Bachmann;

at least in the limelight.

... we cold use Ms. Tymoshenko to expose if not purge some stench from American politics; as I hope she is doing in the Ukraine.

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Anonymous April 28, 2011, 6:53 p.m.    

Please take her

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Anonymous April 27, 2011, 4:40 p.m.    

Yanukovych is Putin's puppet.

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Anonymous April 28, 2011, 4:20 a.m.    

Thief oligarch Tymoshenko is about to get neutered for her most disgusting thievery and other financial crimes. She fell so low to steal money from the PENSION fund to finance her losing election campaign, the dirty orange thief. Yuck.

Time for Russia to put her back on the Interpol most wanted list, heh, heh, heh :D

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Anonymous April 28, 2011, 4:27 a.m.    

She is the US court because she is US puppet and there is the ONLY place anyone is going to pay attention to her incohesive whine after EU pull a big middle finger to the orange morons, heh, heh, heh :D

But who gives a crap about the broke US empire full of illiterate zombies? They are as relevant as Zimbabwe, considering the deep crap the US is and will be for very long time, heh, heh, heh :D

Time for the super duper leader Yanukovych to investigate how much Ukraine people money got stolen by the orange thieves and their xoxol diaspora cronies and sue the US to return the lout.

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Anonymous April 28, 2011, 4:50 a.m.    

Speaking of illiterate moron.....look in the mirror! Then go get a life.

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Anonymous April 28, 2011, 7:48 p.m.    

Broke US Empire? Having just arrived from the former Soviet Union to the US, no sane person could compare the two and think the US is broke compared to the crumbling Russia and Ukraine. Come back to this argument when Russia provides potable water to its citizens.

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Anonymous April 28, 2011, 5 a.m.    

Tymoshenko is a remarkable woman....gutsy and smart. If she didn't have a case....she wouldn't be putting her stature on the line.

Obviously she is very confident of her position.

Watch the crooked mafia oligarchs twist in Ukraine's gentle breezes!

It's actually fun to read the shrill anti Yulia posters (all two of them) as they vent numerous times on every story posted. But who can take them seriously? They just have too much time on their hands! :-)

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Anonymous April 28, 2011, 8:36 a.m.    

So what's the case number, lets take a look at this.

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Anonymous April 28, 2011, 6:47 p.m.    

The suit is pure manure; what a poor job of the lawyer... how much did she pay for that piece of shit?

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Anonymous May 1, 2011, 9:41 p.m.    

Watch and learn little russian... this single action will cause an earthquake for PoR when the truth emerges.

Very clever Julia.

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Anonymous May 1, 2011, 9:28 p.m.    

Oh how the PoR little Russians tremble!

They have launched their worst attacks against the Ukrainian Opposition and Diaspora... now it's our turn, and we have not yet even begun to fight.

This small move is the first in a rolling campaign to dismantle Russian hegemony over Ukraine, and to pull down the theiving Oligarchs who back it.

Watch little Russians as we begin to drag your fithy heroes through the mud feet first... and watch as we destroy all pretensions you and PoR have to claim power again in Ukraine for a generation or two.

We Ukrainian democrats have survived and thrived without suckling the Russian teat for generations, as you quislings have. We are smarter, faster and more enduring than you can ever hope to be.

Vichnaya Pamyat Firtash... Yanukovich and the Party of Russians!!!

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