The long-awaited testimony
of Petro Kirichenko took place on May 15. Via video link from the
United States, the man who was once called Pavlo Lazarenko’s wallet
told a court in Kyiv very directly and very emotionally that
Tymoshenko is guilty of murder and that she paid for it. These are
the two crucial elements of the puzzle that prosecutors were looking
for to convict Tymoshenko.
Kirichenko wasn’t shy in
his choice of words. At the beginning of his testimony, her referred
to Tymoshenko as a woman of loose virtue, accused her of plotting to
pin Shcherban’s murder on him, and said many people have shot
themselves because of her, while others “are rotting in jail.”
After dishing out these
emotional maxims, Kirichenko moved on to the details of the murder.
In his story he referred to his sources – former Prime Minister
Lazarenko, Tymoshenko’s patron in the gas business in the 1990s, and
the alleged assassin of Shcherban Oleksandr Milchenko, who died a
mysterious death in 1997.