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"Ukraine's Gangster State"

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RT: Timoshenko's business partner Pavel Lazarenko has served six years for stealing huge sums from the public, as the pair ran vast gas transit monopoly United Energy Systems.

Boersch: You could characterize her as an unindicted co-conspirator.

RT: Documentary Stealing Popcorn notes US political protection keeps her clear of those massive criminal charges to this day.

Jason Felch, investigative reporter: So we know that the political interests of the United States Government at the highest level probably didn't want Yulia Timoshenko drawn into the Lazarenko case.

RT: WikiLeaked cables from the US Embassy state "oligarch" Timoshenko has stolen vast sums from Ukraine and "hid" them in London to pretend "she wasn't involved in business".

BBC reports she was wanted for alleged involvement in the murders of the Head of Ukraine's National Bank, Members of Parliament as well as business rivals.

This is her on Interpol's international most wanted list.

Timoshenko denies the claims and her campaign slogan is "fighting the oligarchs". Unless she means her alleged hits on rival billionaires, George Washington University reports the slogan causes "epic laughter" and notes Ukrainians shout "vorovka" -- Mrs Thief -- to her face.

Let's talk to former US intelligence officer Scott Rickard, really great to see you. Is the US still protecting Ukraine's criminals?

Scott Rickard, former U.S. intelligence officer: Certainly they're protecting them, and they're bolstering them, they're putting them in a position where they can basically control the financial outcome of Ukraine, hiding the money in Isle of Man, hiding in the Cayman Islands and then Cyprus and working with the Western oligarchs to launder money. Poroshenko's right in bed with the right guys.

RT: Timoshenko's party has been joined in power by this man as the country's President, or as the US ambassador to Kiev in a leaked cable admitted "disgraced oligarch".

"Weapons, prostitutes, drugs, these are the things Poroshenko is associated with" in Ukraine, claims investigative reporter Greg Kolyada, adding Poroshenko's not "self-made" as claimed by mainstream media. He got rich by "plundering state property with armed gangs" with his convict father, who was jailed for "large-scale theft" of state property.

Indymedia describes Poroshenko as the most corrupt person in Ukraine. In a country branded by a former State Department official as "the global epicenter of badness", being the most corrupt is some achievement.

But "disgraced oligarchs" can do what they like, writes the SCF Foundation, as long as they carry out White House orders.

Leaked cables reveal secret meetings before the coup with the US ambassador, other top officials, as well as Mrs. Clinton, where among various instructions she told him the quickest ways to steal Ukraine into NATO membership.

If previous administrations made at least some pretense of being for the public, Ukraine is now literally a government "of the oligarchs, by the oligarchs, for the oligarchs". Eighteen of the country's 24 regions have had oligarchs and cronies parachuted into power by the new regime.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that (more...)
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