She stole $11 billion from Ukraine.....A portrait of Ukraine's 'saviour'
Yulia Tymoshenko - she stole $11 billions from Ukraine. They put her in jail.
Now she is a candidate with the Nazis again.
Nobody who meets Yulia Tymoshenko
forgets the moment. The billionaire Ukrainian politician’s charm is
formidable. In a political landscape studded with novices and thugs, she
Her angelic beauty and two-year detention in jail has attracted worldwide sympathy.
But the prospect of her political comeback makes me fear for the future of the increasingly unstable and volatile Ukraine.
Tymoshenko’s immaculate blonde tresses and sometimes kittenish ways
have led many macho politicians in the Ukraine — and abroad — to
underestimate her. The truth is that her determination is terrifying.
Nobody and nothing gets in her way. When she needs to, she is prepared to use her undeniable sexual magnetism.
I have interviewed her many times. Her
body language, eyes, coquettish tosses of the head and cooing tones are
almost hypnotic. But she is also capable of explosive anger. I have
seen her shriek and curse in terrifying eruptions of rage: the kitten
turns into a tigress. Many
foreign leaders have been smitten by her. Georgia’s mercurial former
President Mikheil Saakashvili was said to have been charmed by her
during a helicopter ride which attracted lurid speculation. She has even brought a smile to Vladimir Putin’s stony countenance. He once praised her as someone he could do business with.
was close to the billionaire businessman and political adviser Boris
Berezovsky, the lisping Machiavelli of the Kremlin who sought refuge in
London when he fell out with the Putin regime. ‘Yulia Tymoshenko is the
only politician in all Ukraine who understands democracy,’ he told me.
I was unconvinced, though. I had seen at first-hand her approach to politics. Nobody would doubt her ability
to campaign. Having become a billionaire in the energy industry, she
can afford the best spin doctors and ‘imidzhmeker’ or image-makers. And she is a stunning orator.
giving stump speeches amid widespread (and all too justified) cynicism
about politicians, she would open with a dramatic stunt. Falling to her
knees and stretching her arms out to her audience, she would declaim:
‘Forgive us! People of Ukraine, forgive us!’