Gas Contracts and Fighting Corruption

Gas Contracts and Fighting Corruption: The Long Link between Lyubi Druzi and Firtash
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Taras Kuzio

Lingering doubt over Yulia Tymoshenko’s signing of the 2009 gas contract with then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has remained. Nevertheless, what is clearly seen in Ukraine’s gas relations with Russia during the last decade are three points. Firstly, it would be mistaken to assume only one Ukrainian gas contract (signed in 2009) was bad when all of them were corrupt. Secondly, there was little to differentiate the 2006, 2009 and 2010 gas contracts in terms of their poor quality. Thirdly, the so-called “pragmatic wing” (Lyubi Druzi) of the national democratic camp have never viewed gas intermediaries with Russia as problematic and some, such as Peto Yushchenko made millions from them. Serhiy  Taruta was reported by a US diplomatic cable as saying  that Viktor ‘Yushchenko never raised gas intermediaries as a problem that required a resolution and was comfortable with RUE.’

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