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The rule of law or more shenanigans? Ukraine v Tymoshenko (UESU Case)

February 2, 2013

Here is an interesting little development – if true – and thus far the lack of noise from the opposition about it is noticeable which casts doubts on its authenticity at the time of writing at least.

According to the above link, it seems the Prosecutor General’s Office has dropped the charges, or some of the charges at least, against Yulia Tymoshenko regarding the USEU tax avoidance case it opened against her.

It would be nice to believe that any dropped charges are indeed to do with lack of evidence – and maybe that is just what it is – but I have lived here a long time and am thus quite cynical.

Given recent reports in the media by the wife of Yuri Lutsenko, now an opposition MP herself, it is claimed that the government have reached out to him indirectly offering an immediate pardon.  This he has refused, as it necessarily follows that to be pardoned you have to admit your guilt – which he won’t do as he claims he is not guilty.

Therefore one wonders if a “deal” of some sort has been negotiated with Tymoshenko over the UESU tax avoidance case – particularly so as there is probably not a RADA MP from the past 20 years that has not avoided tax, and such instances may well be able to be proven against a large number of them across the entire political spectrum.

An attempt to put the lid back on Pandora’s Box having foolishly opened it – possibly.

It may just be that the PGO has decided to go for broke with the currently pending murder investigation against her – but there are other cases still pending over Kyoto Protocol accounting and the procurement of new ambulances (with associated presidential campaign slogans attached to said new ambulances for good measure) – to name but two more pending investigations.

Could it be that EU political and diplomatic pressure on Ukraine is paying dividends and thus the out-reaching to Lutsenko and a deal with Tymoshenko over current sentencing for the former and on-going investigations with another? – Unfortunately that possibility, similar to the possibility that the rule of law is simply being followed when dropping some charges, does not seem too realistic when talking about the Ukrainian elite – despite what may subsequently be claimed by any parties involved.

Has Lazarenko done a “deal” of some sort with the authorities in which his former nefarious UESU deeds with Tymoshenko will be forgotten should he give evidence against Tymoshenko in the murder case?

If the TVi link turns out to be genuine, it raises more questions than answers considering the murky world of Ukrainian political and business shenanigans.

Again though, I will refer you to paragraph one of this post – as I have doubts over any such charges being dropped completely – what is more likely is that it will be shoe-horned into the murder case somehow.

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