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Thursday, January 18, 2018

The oligarch Firtash revealed the ins and outs of Ukrainian politics

On the trial of the oligarch Dmitry Firtash in Vienna was announced sensational claims about behind-the-scenes Ukrainian politics. In an effort to avoid extradition to the US, where Firtash is accused of economic crimes, the billionaire admitted that he made Poroshenko President of Ukraine, and Klitschko – the mayor of Kiev. The main thing for him was to keep the government appointees to Washington, Yatsenyuk and Tymoshenko. The Vienna court listened to the arguments of the oligarch: extradition to the United States invalid.

How to make a President

On the evening of 30 April in the Vienna court fugitive Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash has made a number of sensational statements that reveal the ins and outs of Ukrainian politics in recent years. So, Firtash admitted that he made the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko, the “Vesti 24”.

“It’s obvious to me that Firtash is a very influential man in politics and in the titanium business and in gas”

Firtash said that in 2012, realized the futility of the current President Viktor Yanukovych and began to Finance emerged on the political scene of ex-boxer Vitali Klitschko and his party “Udar”.

In 2014, on the eve of elections of the President of Ukraine, Firtash has taken a number of actions to prevent to power the current Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko backed by the US. To counter them, the oligarch decided to merge into one Union billionaire and Deputy Petro Poroshenko and Vitali Klitschko, who had previously been rivals. He held with them a meeting, by the way in Vienna, where he now listens to his case, and there the three of them agreed on everything: Poroshenko goes to the President, Klitschko for mayor of Kiev and all Firtash is funding them. In the end all turned out well, according to the defendant.

And that is what Yatsenyuk became President, now can not forgive Firtash Americans sought his extradition, says he (a formal occasion for the issuance of Americans suspect businessman in a bribery and… Indian government officials for titanium deposits – approx. OPINION).

Entire defense Firtash in Vienna the court was based on the fact that his case is politically motivated. And to prove it, Firtash had to demonstrate to the judges how serious he is and influential figure in Ukraine. This explains his revelation, which, perhaps, few people expected to hear and did not hear a thing, if not for the coincidence of all these circumstances.

As Ukrainian oligarchs eats Ukrainatar it can be stated that the line of protection of the businessman has worked. The Vienna court rejected a US extradition. As one of the reasons for refusal, the judge Christoph Bauer called “at least partially politically motivated charges.”

“It’s obvious to me that Firtash is a very influential man in politics and in titanium business, and gas. And the gas is also politics,” said Bauer.

When it was announced that extradition to the US impossible, the majority of people in the hall cheered.

However, “claim” to the American side of the placing the request for extradition, not only that. According to Bauer, the petition was not duly justified, in particular, in the case there is no interrogation of the official witnesses.

The case of Firtash ended before very late. In the end, he was released on bail of 125 million euros, which was the largest Deposit in the history of Austria, adds the First channel.

Note also that the current court decision is not final. It has the ability to appeal to both sides. And American justice, represented at trial by the Vienna Prosecutor’s office had exercised the right to appeal. So will probably be a new trial, and with it new details the political life of Ukraine.

Firtash himself, by the way, plans to return to Ukraine: “I will return, but cannot say when”, – quotes its words Ukrnews24.

Tymoshenko and other

Other details of the trial results to Deutsche Welle. The publication explains the amazing frankness Firtash that he was really scared of giving to the Americans after what he “they” did in Ukraine. In his concluding remarks, and billionaire cordially thanked the judge: “Understand, we are talking about my life.”

And after the process, the businessman said: “I sincerely believe that the Austrian justice will be normal from the first minute… I am not an enemy of America. America has another problem. There are people who pursue their own personal interests and because of their own interests made me an enemy of America.”

Deutsche Welle also reports the appearance at the Vienna court of a powerful support group Firtash, which, in particular, included about a dozen former Ministers and officials of President Viktor Yanukovych, and now the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada from the “Opposition bloc”. And former head of the presidential administration of Ukraine Serhiy Lyovochkin confirmed much of what was said by the defendant. Was questioned and the first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk.

The publication also describes in detail about the person of Yulia Tymoshenko. According to Firtash, he is with her different views on how to develop Ukraine. If he believes that Ukraine needs the same to be friends with Russia and with the EU, Tymoshenko “only interested in power.”

He said that the US is using diplomats and officials “pressed” to trust Raiffeisen, through which he had a share in the gas intermediary RosUkrEnergo. The Americans thus helped Tymoshenko, who herself had interests in the gas sector, to get rid of RosUkrEnergo and the gas to ease Ukraine’s dependence on Russia.

A few years later Firtash already underfoot Americans in the history of gas again began to interfere with them by supporting Pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. Moreover, Firtash insists that it was he who persuaded Yanukovych not to sign the Association agreement with the EU in late 2013.

VIDEOIt is known that the first request for Firtash’s arrest by the American authorities was received in November 2013 (the second application was also not brought the expected Americans, was in February 2014 – approx. OPINION). However, it was cancelled a few days later. “Market leader” according to Firtash explains: once against the businessman were charged, arrived in Kiev the assistant Secretary of state Victoria Nuland demanded that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to sign the Association with the European Union, released for treatment abroad Yulia Tymoshenko also gave the Kharkiv deposits foreign company Chevron. All of this Yanukovych promised Nuland. And at the end of the meeting with Dmitry Firtash was cleared of all charges.

However, the Western “zagovorsiki” for its part, the agreement is not fulfilled, which led to the escalation of the political crisis in Ukraine.

Also the oligarch admitted that played a decisive role in reaching a compromise between the opposition and Yanukovych in February 2014. The failure of compromise, he again blames Tymoshenko, reports “Interfax”. According to him, “people Tymoshenko” staged a provocation on the Maidan, and this broke the agreements with Yanukovych.

After that, says Firtash, the pressure on him from the US increased because they were not ready to support Klitschko for President, putting Tymoshenko, Yatseniuk and Turchynov. The decision on nomination of Poroshenko for the presidency was a response to Firtash’s pressure from Washington.

“Becoming a political terminator”

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko gave evidence in court via videoconference. However, it was already closed, since, according to the judge, “public testimony Klitschko could destabilize the political situation and to threaten the national security of Ukraine”.

On the website portal of the public project “My Kiev” is given the following reaction, said: “to Talk about the alleged political support of Firtash my candidacy in the mayoral election at least incorrect, since in the elections of the mayor have supported me over 56% of Kiev”, – he said.

Commented on the decision of the court and in the United States: “We are disappointed with the court’s decision and filed an appeal”, – said the representative of the American Ministry of justice Peter Carr.

Meanwhile, a Ukrainian MP from the Radical party Igor Mosiychuk has demanded that Poroshenko explanation for his “collusion with the oligarchs,” reports Federal news Agency.

He promised to send “the relevant parliamentary inquiries” to Klitschko and Poroshenko, and called to create a temporary investigative Commission to investigate this “information”.

In turn, the former Verkhovna Rada Deputy Mykola Katerynchuk expressed the view that Firtash agreed to merge information about Yanukovych in exchange for political protection, reports Joinfo.ua.

“I think he’s in the States will not go, so the Ukrainian Themis will be here waiting for him. He stated Poroshenko, the “Blow”, Klitschko, Tymoshenko. He absolutely leads a politically motivated system of protection it has chosen. It is clear that there are allegations of corruption go, and he makes political protection. Political protection means that there is a political agreement, it will merge all the information about Yanukovych, about what happened and is happening now. He’s like a political terminator” – said Katerynchuk.


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