The government is preparing its defense with the help of American law company Skadden. But this cooperation is highly suspicious with very few details about the contract being revealed, and those that are made public raising even more questions.

The government claims that Skadden, a top American firm with an annual turnover of $2.17 billion, works for a mere $12,000 for Ukraine’s government. None of the company’s expenses is paid, including expensive flights and stay in Fairmont Hotel, where prices start at 300 euros per night.

Skadden representatives have visited Ukraine at least three or four times. In at least one of the cases the team was made up of two partners from the Washington office, plus two associates. One of the partners, Gregory Craig, a former adviser to the Obama White House, normally charges $1,065 per hour, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

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