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In April 2011,
Tymoshenko
filed a lawsuit in a New York district court accusing Firtash
,
gas trader RosUkrEnergo and Ukraine’s political leadership of
racketeering and defrauding Ukrainians of billion-dollar volumes of
natural gas by manipulating an international arbitration court ruling
in Stockholm in 2010.

The Stockholm-based
arbitration court obliged Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state energy monopoly,
to return RosUkrEnergo 11 billion cubic meters of gas and also pay it
a penalty of 1.1 billion cubic meters of gas, as stipulated by the
contract.

Tymoshenko is currently
serving a a seven-year prison sentence after a judge in Kyiv a year
ago this month convicted her for abuse of office as prime minister
for a gas deal she negotiated with Russia in 2009. The contract
removed Firtash’s RosUkrEnergo as an intermediary from the
lucrative gas trade between Ukraine and Russia.

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