The Wall Street Journal: Ukraine prosecutors probe Tymoshenko over killing

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Oct. 31, 2011, 6:55 a.m. | Ukraine abroad — by James Marson
Prosecutors said they are investigating whether jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was involved in the contract killing of a lawmaker in the 1990s, the latest in a slew of allegations against the Ukrainian president's chief political opponent. The murder probe raises the ante in the Ukrainian government's confrontation with the U.S. and Europe, which see the various charges against Ms. Tymoshenko as politically motivated.

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Anonymous Oct. 31, 2011, 9:26 a.m.    

They should check if she got no part at the Rasputin murder too!

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Anonymous Oct. 31, 2011, 2:49 p.m.    

Landik soon to be released

Landik R. - son of the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of PR B. Landika , his uncle Valentin Landik is the owner of Ukraine's largest manufacturer of refrigerators , &quot;North&quot; and also member of BP from the PR . Minprom

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Anonymous Oct. 31, 2011, 3:31 p.m.    


Ukraine, July 8, 14:00 Video

The President promised a quick investigation Landyk deputy who beat girl

According to Viktor Yanukovych, the moral side of the case &quot;does not fit into any frame - Deputy, husband, man.&quot;

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Anonymous Oct. 31, 2011, 3:10 p.m.    

In Kharkiv found &quot;Landyk number 2&quot;: deputy beat down 17-year-old girl

According to relatives of a girl in a disco deputy {PoR} made her unambiguous proposal, which she refused. Then the boy threw the girl on the ground, tore her skirt off and began to beat and kick her, saying that he will not get into trouble for beating a young UKRAINIAN teenager.

&quot;He is also head of the local&quot; Union of Youth of Regions {PoR} of Ukraine &quot;.

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Anonymous Oct. 31, 2011, 3:41 p.m.    

&quot;In order to try to psychologically influence our leader, to try to break Yulia Tymoshenko’s will, they are trying to illegally reopen criminal cases against her relatives and closest associates. There is no legal subtext to these charges. There is only one goal – to compromise, abuse and break,&quot; Oleksandr Turchynov said at a briefing today.

Turchynov pointed out that according to Ukrainian law, the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) should have appealed the court’s ruling within seven days after it was announced. &quot;Hearings in the attempt to cancel previous court rulings may begin as soon as this Friday at the Shevchenkivsky court. The law gives seven days to lodge an appeal. The Prosecutor General’s Office needed seven years,&quot; he added.

The authorities want to reopen the criminal case against Yulia Tymoshenko’s husband Oleksandr and his 75-year-old father Hennadiy Tymoshenko, who suffered two strokes while being illegally held in custody and was released an invalid. &quot;It’s impossible to find any sense to these actions other than the desire to destroy the leader of the opposition, to break Yulia Tymoshenko,&quot; Turchynov believes.

Serhiy Vlasenko, the ex-premier’s lawyer, drew attention to the fact that the PGO claims its decision is motivated by rulings by American and Russian courts, but on March 10, 2004, the US District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed all charges related to UESU.

&quot;There has been nothing new in the American cases since 2004. Any claims about new information from America area blatant lies,&quot; Vlasenko said.

He also pointed out that the Supreme Court of Russia overthrew all prior court rulings in the case against General Georgiy Oleynik on the grounds that no crimes were committed by the army general. &quot;The copy of this court decision was attached to the &quot;gas case&quot; file, so Prosecutor General Pshonka couldn’t have not known about it. By saying there is new information in the Oleynik case he is twisting information and disinforming Ukrainian society,&quot; he said.

Vlasenko also recalled that the Supreme Court of Ukraine on November 11, 2005, while Yulia Tymoshenko was an opposition politician, during a joint session of two chambers – the criminal and military panel – ruled that the decision by the Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv closing all the criminal cases was legal. &quot;These resolutions were adopted in compliance with criminal procedure law, competent authorities and officials, entered into force and are binding. This was the position of two chambers of the Supreme Court of Ukraine,&quot; he said.

&quot;All the cases against Tymoshenko were closed legally and upheld by the Supreme Court of Ukraine. The regime, understanding that they can’t break Yulia Tymoshenko, are trying to transfer this aggression to her relatives,&quot; he added.

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Anonymous Oct. 31, 2011, 3:54 p.m.    

Yanukovych can persecute Tymoshenko, but it will not help him in the next election. Klychko is the real opposition and the next president of Ukraine.

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Anonymous Oct. 31, 2011, 4:14 p.m.    

Over the past year, Firtash's business empire has risen by 540%, the assets of Akhmetov for the year increased from $ 17.8 billion to $ 25.6 billion !!


During year of Yanukovych's rule is almost equal to the debt over 19 years. National Bank current account deficit rose from $ 506 million for the period January-September 2010 to $ 5.5 billion compared to the first 9 months of 2011, debt increased by 10.8 times !!!!!!!


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Anonymous Oct. 31, 2011, 4:37 p.m.    

But it all serves Yanuk's purpose. Just raising the murder of a politician reminds those in the EU what the Ukraine would bring with it into any closer arrangement with the EU. So there will be many more such stories. And each new political crisis within Ukraine pushes association with the EU into a remoter future. This I take it is the intention. The EU is looking for loans from China. Russia offers loans worth billions to selected EU states. The writing is on the wall, for those that care to read the message. Yanuk has certainly read it.

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Anonymous Oct. 31, 2011, 7:17 p.m.    

The U.S. Congress wants Ukrainian authorities to immediately release all political prisoners, according to the draft resolution quoted by Glavkom. According to the website, the White House and U.S. State Department have endorsed the text.

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