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Aug 05, 2011, 03:04 pm

Yulia Tymoshenko: Azarov’s silence speaks of his involvement in gas corruption

pr_a4328.jpgBatkivshchyna Party leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko believes today’s questioning of Mykola Azarov and the behavior of the prosecution and judge prove that the prime minister has connections to RosUkrEnergo.

"I think Azarov’s behavior today in the courtroom, his silence to all questions, the disallowing of all questions about RosUkrEnergo by the judge and prosecution speaks of the fact that Azarov is directly involved, in my opinion, in corrupt gas deals in the gas sector in Ukraine today," Yulia Tymoshenko told reporters during the break in today’s court session.

She believes it’s significant that Mykola Azarov refused to answer why Naftohaz became unprofitable after RosUkrEnergo’s debt was paid off. "When I asked him how it happened that Naftohaz is unprofitable when in 2009 Ernst & Young showed that it’s activity was profitable, when we finished working, he didn’t even respond, although everyone knows that Naftohaz became unprofitable because 12 billion cubic meters of gas and $4 billion were taken from the state and given to RosUkrEnergo," she said.

The ex-premier believes that because of these “awkward” questions to Mykola Azarov the prosecution moved to change the restrictive measure against her. "Because I was asking uncomfortable questions regarding corruption involving RosUkrEnergo, the court and prosecution immediately announced a change in sanctions from a travel ban to arrest," she said.

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