Always Russia’s Man in Ukraine: Dmytro Firtash and the Gas Lobby

Last month’s decision by an Austrian court to grant the request of the Department of Justice to deport Ukrainian gas oligarch Dmytro Firtash to stand trial in the US will have enormous consequences for Ukrainian politics. Ukraine’s current President Petro Poroshenko and the last three – Viktor Yanukovych, Viktor Yushchenko and Leonid Kuchma – have and continue to have close corrupt ties to Firtash.

Throughout the history of Ukraine’s independence, Western experts, intelligence services and diplomats have always possessed more information about the leaders of Ukraine’s gas lobby than have the country’s presidents, prosecutor-generals and Security Service (SBU). The reason for this is because the Ukrainian side always covered up how little it allegedly knew and because its work was politically driven. When President Yushchenko ordered the SBU to investigate who was behind the gas intermediary RosUkrEnergo (RUE) US Ambassador William Taylor offered to tell him and President Vladimir Putin leaked the information to the Russian government newspaper.

Чому я не вірю, що Лещенко заробив багато грошей як журналіст

Скандал навколо квартири добре відомого  журналіста Сергія  Лещенка зачіпає  цілий ряд  проблем.

Правду кажучи, я прочитав майже всі, що пише Лещенко в своїх блогах, статтях і книгах. Бо  він  однин з  небагатьох в Україні, кого я можу класифікувати як журналіста-розслідувача. Його остання книга про  екс-президента Віктора Януковича є прикладом доброго вивчення предмету і інформативності.

Here is why I do not believe Serhiy Leshchenko can make so much money as a journalist

The scandal surrounding well known journalist Serhiy Leshchenko’s apartment brings up a number of different problems.

In truth I have read nearly all of what Leshchenko writes in his blogs, articles and books. This is because he is one of only a few journalists in Ukraine who I can classify as an “investigative journalist.” His recent book on former President Viktor Yanukovych is well researched and informative.