Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Steeling popcorn. Can Pavel Lazarenko hurt Yulia Tymoshenko's bid?

Here is a citation taken from Article written on December 3, 2009 by Peter Byrne for the Ukraine's leading English-language newspaper Kyiv Post

“…Behind almost every successful politician and businessperson is a mentor who helped put the person on the path to fame and fortune. Yulia Tymoshenko had one too: Pavlo Lazarenko, convicted U.S. felon. Lazarenko served under ex-President Leonid Kuchma as prime minister from 1996-1997. He is now serving an eight-year prison sentence in America for laundering money, part of the ill-gotten fortune he amassed in the nation that he allegedly ran like a mafia boss. In the early 1990s, Lazarenko helped make Tymoshenko, the current prime minister, a big-time player in the lucrative gas-trading business and also gave the rising star a political boost. Now, as Tymoshenko is one of two front-runners in the Jan. 17 presidential election, the question is: Can the ex-prime minister hurt the current prime minister politically?....”
In 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. awarded Mr. Howden and five other attorneys the Attorney General’s Award for their 2006 prosecution of Pavel Lazarenko, the ex prime minister of Ukraine. Got intrigued?
Now you can see an extremely interesting documentary “Steeling popcorn” about Yulia Timoshenko available in English at
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The film web site
On the photo by UNIAN news agency (1997) you can see Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s current prime minister, is in the background with then-Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko, who is currently serving an eight-year sentence in an American prison for laundering millions of dollars of ill-gotten mon
Be amazed, puzzled, and (probably) enjoy it!!!