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SBU tells details of Tymoshenko and Lazarenko fraud

Posted by the Editor on October 13, 2011


News / 13 October 2011 | 18:07

SBU tells details of Tymoshenko and Lazarenko fraud

SBU tells details of Tymoshenko and Lazarenko fraud

The head of the SBU’s main investigative department, Ivan Derevyanko told the press the fraud details of Yulia Tymoshenko and Pavlo Lazarenko, ForUm correspondent reports. 

The case relates to an investigation into a $405-million debt owed to the Russian Defense Ministry by Ukrainian United Energy Systems, which was headed by Tymoshenko in the 1990s.

“Yulia Tymoshenko, being the president and actually the owner of the United Energy Systems, has been charged for carrying out an attempt to embezzle funds from the Ukrainian budget under a preliminary agreement with then-Prime Minister Pavel Lazarenko,” Ivan Derevyanko, said.

“The investigation established that in November 1995 Tymoshenko agreed with then first vice PM Pavlo Lazarenko to create a regulated commercial organization in order to use it as mediator in gas deals with Russia. Lazarenko was supposed to include this organization into the list of suppliers of Russian gas to Ukrainian consumers and to provide it with possibility to pay for gas with material assets, not money. From her side, Tymoshenko was supposed to run the organization and to work out a system to withdraw the money, subjected for payment, in order to transfer it to her and Lazarenko’s accounts abroad.

Lazarenko prepared a number of official documents for the Russian government, in which he proved the necessity to use the United Energy Systems of Ukraine as gas supplier. By the time of Lazarenko’s address to the Russian government, the corporation United Energy Systems had not been created yet.

Later, Tymoshenko created LTD with foreign investments ‘United Energy Systems’. The new company was founded on the basis of small companies, controlled by Tymoshenko, including United Energy, registered in Great Britain.

As the president of the United Energy Systems, Tymoshenko concluded a number of agreements with Gazprom on supplies of Russian gas to Ukrainian consumers. In accordance with the agreements, Tymoshenko’s companies delivered Ukrainian goods to Defense Ministry of Russia as payment for the supplied gas. 

Then, Tymoshenko concluded a fictitious agreement between the United Energy Systems and United Energy (of Great Britain), both controlled by Tymoshenko. According to the agreement, the United Energy was made a mediator in gas supplies from Gazprom. Hence, instead of transferring payment for gas to Gazprom, Tymoshenko transferred one milliard dollars to the accounts of United Energy (of Great Britain).

Later this money was transferred to the accounts of Somali Enterprise, a company founded by Tymoshenko as well, and to personal accounts of Lazarenko in Swiss banks. Part of the money was transferred to Tymoshenko’s personal card account.

In 1996 Gazprom refused to supply gas through the United Energy Systems of Ukraine, and then PM Pavlo Lazarenko charged then Minister Anatoly Minchenko to give Gazprom the state guarantees. According to these guarantees, the government of Ukraine binds to pay off debts if any to Gazprom for the gas supplied through the mediator United Energy Systems of Ukraine.

Knowing about governmental guarantees and still having real possibility to pay for supplied gas, in May, 2000 Tymoshenko stopped any goods supplies to Russian Defense Ministry as payment for gas. Hence, she shifted obligations of her company to the state in the person of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

Due to lack of payment for the gas supplied through the United Energy Systems, in June, 2011 the Russian Defense Ministry addressed the Cabinet of Minister of Ukraine with a demand to pay off the debt amounting 405 million500 thousand dollars,” Derevyanko explained the details.

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7-year-old Ukrainian wins ‘Mini-miss Universe’ contest

Posted by the Editor on October 13, 2011


News / 13 October 2011 | 17:30

7-year-old Ukrainian wins 'Mini-miss Universe' contest

7-year-old Ukrainian wins ‘Mini-miss Universe’ contest

7-year-old Yana Soroka from Ternopil has become the ‘Mini Princess 2011’, having outrun her mates from 35 countries.

Yana has already won four crowns in various contests. Mother of the winner says her daughter does not understand yet the fact that she has become he first small beauty queen. “She enjoys just being among many children, playing with them, talking to them.”

In Yana’s school there are pictures of her from beauty contests in Ukraine. The big stand with the title of Universe beauty queen is being prepared. Yana complains that because of endless flow of journalists and interviews she has to skip lessons.

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Foreign investors keep up interest in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on October 13, 2011


News / 13 October 2011 | 17:00

Foreign investors keep up interest in Ukraine

Foreign investors keep up interest in Ukraine

As of July 1, 2011 the total amount of direct foreign investments in Ukraine is USD 47.2 milliard, Igor Nikolayenko, head of the FM department on external cooperation, said at a meeting of Foreign Ministry press club “Improvement of Ukraine’s investment climate abroad,” ForUm correspondent reports.

According to him, it is more 1000 dollars per citizen of the country.

“Industry tops the list of investment amount. Then the construction sphere goes, and then – different agency transactions, including services. I would prefer, though, the part of the industrial production to be bigger,” he added.

Vitaly Demianyuk, the head of the state agency on investments and national projects informed that the full cost sheet of investment projects, which will be presented abroad within the road-show program, is ten milliard dollars.

Demianyuk also pointed out the vast wear of the main funds in the most of industrial and economical spheres. According to him, it means a large field of activity for modernization and reconstruction of metallurgic complex, machinery, public utilities, fuel and energy complex.

In response to the question whether “Tymoshenko problem” can affect investment attractiveness of Ukraine, Demianyuk said “money does not know sentiments.”

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Yanukovych: Historical monuments require attention of the state

Posted by the Editor on October 13, 2011


News / 13 October 2011 | 16:30

Yanukovych: Historical monuments require attention of the state

Yanukovych: Historical monuments require attention of the state

Historical monuments of Ukraine require the attention of the state, as our national heritage should be properly preserved and restored, President Viktor Yanukovych said during a visit to the National Historical and Architectural Reserve “Kamenets” in Kamenets-Podolskyi, ForUm learned in the presidential press office.

“We should make an inventory of historical monuments, develop the appropriate plan. It is our duty to future generations. This is our history, we must preserve it,” he said.

Viktor Yanukovych called the restoration that had been carried out several years ago in the “Kamenets” reserve a failure. “Professionals must take that into account. Restorations must be performed by professionals, who have the appropriate experience,” he said.

In August, after heavy rains the outer stone wall of the New West tower of the Old Fortress collapsed and remains in critical condition.

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Expert: There is no such thing as ‘winter time’

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News / 13 October 2011 | 16:00

Expert: There is no such thing as 'winter time'

Expert: There is no such thing as ‘winter time’

At October 29-30 night Ukraine was supposed to switch to ‘winter time’. However, due to the new law adopted by the parliament September 20, not this time. Many experts criticize the decision, saying it is groundless and calling the authorities to revise the decision. 

ForUm addressed the head of the state commission on common time and frequencies Yaroslav Yatskiv with a request to explain the situation.

“This decision is absurd. Individual decision of Ukraine creates a number of inconveniences, including communications, transportation, work schedules and others,” he said.

Yatskiv noted that that there is only ‘summer time’ we switch to and from. “There is no such thing as winter time, because in this period we are following the real time of natural order,” he underlined.

The expert informed that October 12 he together with Emergency Minister Viktor Baloha delivered a letter to the president with a request to maintain the second time zone. “We suggest keeping the second time zone without additional hour, as adopted by the parliament. It means that we should cancel the time conversion, but in spring,” he informed.

According to Yatskiv, the letter also contains recommendations to introduce regional work schedule. “In different regions a working day should start in accordance with solar time. If in Kyiv we start working at 9 a.m., then in Luhansk they should start half an hour earlier, and in Uzhgorod 30-60 minutes later. Then there will order in the country,” he explained.

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President: It is important middle class developing in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on October 13, 2011


News / 13 October 2011 | 15:30

President: It is important middle class developing in Ukraine

President: It is important middle class developing in Ukraine

 President Viktor Yanukovych believes it is important that middle class is developing in Ukraine, he said while talking to JSC “Podilsk Cement” employees in the village of Humentsi, Khmelnytskyi region, ForUm learned from the presidential press office.

“The middle class should be developing – it will be just social policy,” the President said. He reiterated that the main purpose of Ukraine’s government is to overcome poverty. In this regard, Viktor Yanukovych noted that unemployment has been reducing and economic situation improving recently in Ukraine.

The President also expressed confidence that the state should review the mechanism of social benefits, as the one currently operating “makes people dependent on the state, humiliates them.”

Viktor Yanukovych also drew attention to the importance of increasing pensions and minimum wages. “It is important to make sure that pensions and minimum wages allow people to live with dignity,” he said.

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Security Service institutes another case against Tymoshenko

Posted by the Editor on October 13, 2011


News / 13 October 2011 | 15:00

Security Service institutes another case against Tymoshenko

Security Service institutes another case against Tymoshenko

October 12 the Security Service of Ukraine has instituted a case against Yulia Tymoshenko, SBU main department official Ivan Derevianko told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.

“The main investigation department of SBU has instituted a criminal case against citizens of Ukraine Tymoshenko and Lazarenko,” he said in particular.

Derevianko informed that Tymoshenko is being accused of transferring the debt of United Energy Systems of Ukraine to Russian Defense Ministry in the amount of 405 million 500 thousand USD to the state budget of Ukraine.

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Minister: Drinking water quality in Ukraine corresponds to the norms

Posted by the Editor on October 13, 2011


News / 13 October 2011 | 14:30

Minister: Drinking water quality in Ukraine corresponds to the norms

Minister: Drinking water quality in Ukraine corresponds to the norms

Presently, the quality of drinking water in Ukraine corresponds to the norms, Anatoly Blyznyuk, minister for regional development and housing and public utilities, told a board meeting on legal activities in the sphere of water relations, ForUm correspondent reports.

“The water does not correspond to European quality, but corresponds to the standards,” he said in particular.

The minister agreed with Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka on that the situation with water is unsatisfactory and admitted responsibility of his ministry. “The government allocated only two milliard hryvnias, while the ministry needs 27 milliards to carry out all decrees and bills. I mentioned this amount for the draft state budget for 2012. Though I am sure we won’t be given such money, they must understand that if nothing is done the situation will get worse,” the minister said.

Anatoly Blyznyuk also informed that his department has worked out new state norms taking into account European standards.

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