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WikiLeaks: Boyko ‘helped create’ RosUkrEnergo, ‘nudging’ Yanukovych towards Russia

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Jan. 13, 2012, 7:35 p.m. | Ukraine — by Kyiv Post Staff

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Yuriy Boyko, Ukraine’s current and past energy minister, has long been at the center of Ukraine’s energy sector -- including troublesome talks with Russia on natural gas.

If the reported words in 2006-07 of then-US Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and other experts are to be believed , Boyko helped to created RosUkrEnergo, the controversial Swiss-registered energy trader that has made some individuals close to him spectacularly wealthy.

These are among the findings in the treasure trove of WikiLeaks documents now made public. The disclosures opened up previously classified or confidential U.S. government communications, mainly from embassies abroad. “Fuel and Energy Minister Boyko … has repeatedly stressed the positive role RosUkrEnergo (RUE) plays in affording Ukraine cheap energy. The non-transparent middleman, which Boyko helped create, expects to expand further its influence in Ukraine's energy market through acquisitions made either by itself or by its subsidiary, UkrGazEnergo,” Taylor allegedly wrote in a 2007 diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks.

The U.S. ambassador, however, had a clearly negative view of RosUkrEnergo's activity in Ukraine. He and other U.S. officials saw Boyko and RosUkrEnergo as agents of Russian influence who strived to undermine Ukraine's state energy company Naftogaz.

RosUkrEnergo is co-owned by Russian gas giant Gazprom and Ukrainian billionaire Dmitry Firtash.

Firtash is a strong backer of President Viktor Yanukovych and an arch-enemy of the president's imprisoned rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, who ended up in prison after trying to squeeze Firtash out of the bilateral gas trade in a 2009 agreement.

According to documents obtained by the Kyiv Post, Firtash years ago yielded power of attorney control over his assets to Boyko. The energy minister, in turn, has admitted to holding a seat on RosUkrEnergo’s board while serving as energy minister in the past. He has since strugged to explain when he was removed from this position.

Tymoshenko, now serving a seven-year prison term after a dubious criminal conviction for abuse of office, has long claimed that Firtash, Boyko, Yanukovych and current Presidential Administration chief Serhiy Lyovochkin are benefactors of RosUkrEnergo. All have denied wrongdoing. Boyko served as energy minister in 2006-2007 and was reappointed by Yanukovych after he became president in 2010.

Boyko, Lyovochkin and Yanukovych have denied having an interest in RosUkrEnergo, which heavily profited in the multi-billion-dollar business of supplying Ukraine with blue fuel for years until Tymoshenko's 2009 deal with then-Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Meanwhile, Firtash, with Boyko again as energy minister, started last year importing gas into Ukraine again from Russia, sidestepping Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz through a company called Ostchem.

In a diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks, Taylor wrote in 2006 that Russia had stepped up efforts to influence Yanukovych, who had returned that year as prime minister after a humiliating defeat in the 2004 presidential election.

“There also seems to be a lot of agreement that there are some in Yanukovych's circle, including [current Prime Minister Mykola] Azarov and Boyko as well as foreign policy adviser Orel, who are very close to Russia and are nudging the PM to move in that direction,” he wrote, according to U.S. diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks.

In a separate 2006 diplomatic cable, Taylor wrote that the activity of a newly formed domestic gas trading intermediary company co-owned by RosUkrEnergo, namely Ukrgazenergo, was geared towards becoming a major domestic gas supplier, severely cutting into the business of state energy company Naftogaz and undermining it.

Referring to the establishment of a Ukrgazenergo, Taylor wrote: It “is further proof of how far former state champion Naftogaz has fallen in less than a year.”

In a separate U.S. diplomatic cable from 2006, another U.S. official wrote: “Based on past experience, any Boyko-bartered deal could well be creative but non-transparent.”

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Anonymous Jan. 13, 2012, 7:47 p.m.    

So, why isn't he in jail?

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Anonymous Jan. 13, 2012, 8:18 p.m.    

Boyko is one of the racketeering Yanukovych/PoR insiders who are robbing Ukraine.

Tymoshenko is a political prisoner for attempting to implement transparent economic and democratic reforms.

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Anonymous Jan. 15, 2012, 8:06 a.m.    

Or better yet, hanging from a lamp post.

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Anonymous Jan. 13, 2012, 9:03 p.m.    

It's exactly what Iulia said. And Boyko made a parjure in Court during Tymoshenko trial by telling he has got no link wiIth RosUkrEnergo

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Anonymous Jan. 14, 2012, 4:22 a.m.    

RosUkrEnergo is co-owned by Russian gas giant Gazprom and Ukrainian billionaire Dmitry Firtash.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/120494/#ixzz1jOZWvl1U

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Anonymous Jan. 14, 2012, 4:35 a.m.    

Ту паршиву носяру Бойка треба витягнути з України.

Разом з янусволочом і зАразовем і з фірташем

такого &quot;спасителя&quot; Україні не потрібно.

незай фірташ буде спасителем Маскви

СПАСИБО ЖИТЕЛЯМ ДОНБААСССАААА....

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Anonymous Jan. 14, 2012, 6:49 p.m.    

Boyko is one of the racketeering Yanukovych/PoR insiders who are robbing Ukraine.

Tymoshenko is a political prisoner for attempting to implement transparent economic and democratic reforms.

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Anonymous Jan. 15, 2012, 5:12 a.m.    

The world really has to thank Assange and Wikileaks for bringing the truth about US governments representation to the public attention. Without them the US citizens would be kept in the dark as to what really is going on on their behalf. To think the US powers that be are trying to silence Wikileaks from publishing this information. They have withdrawn access to financial reso8urces that Wikileaks rightly own, they have exerted undue influence in seeking to have Assange arrested and extradited to the USA. (They know they would not get way this time with rendition).

Julian Assange has been declared the most dangerous man alive (a title previously held by another patriot how had exposed the truth to the world about US policy and administration in Vietnam

They should put up monuments to this great world wide hero and bearer of truth

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Anonymous Jan. 15, 2012, 5:23 a.m.    

A conflict of interest,. Why did the US government keep this fact quiet?

http://www.wikileaks.org/origin/116_0.html

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Anonymous Jan. 15, 2012, 5:30 a.m.    

Editor's Note: The source for the above story was published online by Wikileaks, an advocate for free and truthful public disclosure of US policy. They has been criticized for their efforts to bring to light the truth and exposure of the American way. Wikileaks has been declared a combatant dissident organization of the US and some of their allies.

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Anonymous Jan. 15, 2012, 4:01 p.m.    

Word has it that the real NAZIS have a base in antartica and the moon and are planning a attack on planet earth. It might be time to learn german.

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Anonymous Jan. 15, 2012, 7:08 p.m.    

What about all the dirty details Assange promised to publish about Bank of America? He never delivered on it. This is bullshit. I want my contribution back.

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Anonymous Jan. 16, 2012, 1:01 p.m.    

Extract record of the Wikileak’s Kyiv-Ukraine US Embassy Cables.

http://wikileaksua.wordpress.com/

It covers the period from December 2005 to February 2010. (The Yushchenko years)

Disclaimer: The information contained in these extracts are from the US Embassy in Kyiv and as such readers should not consider the content to be a true and accurate historic record of events. The information has a distinct bias in its reporting and assessment. The content is as has been published by Wikileaks and has not been modified or edited.

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