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The sensation centered on the private life of the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko parliamentarian: A video was released on the Internet in which he talked about sexual relations with another man.

Shot back in 1993, the footage showed a young Lyashko, then chief editor of a small newspaper, revealing to a police officer the truth about his intimate relations with an undisclosed male politician, Borys.

Lyashko had been rumored to be gay for a long time before the video appeared. However, the day after the video was leaked, he disappointed me and many other people when he issued a statement accusing political opponents of doctoring the video using “modern technologies.”

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