quinta-feira, 27 de janeiro de 2005


"Russian authorities say they intend to pursue a criminal case for bribery against Yulia Tymoshenko, the Ukrainian MP nominated as prime minister

.Ms Tymoshenko has dismissed as politically-motivated accusations that she attempted to bribe officials in Russia's defence ministry when she was head of Ukraine's energy grid back in 1996.
It is alleged she wanted the officials to inflate the price of supply contracts with the Russian military by $80m (£42.5m).

Ms Tymoshenko was one of the most radical and most prominent leaders of the month-long street protests in Ukraine's capital Kiev during the dispute over the presidential elections.

But she is seen as an Ukrainian nationalist, and so is likely to alienate people in the Russian-speaking east and south of the country who backed Mr Yushchenko's rival in the election and who have close ties to Russia. "

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