In an interview with Ukrainian Pravda said FBI special agent Brian Earl, who investigated the case Lazarenko in the U.S. in the early 2000s.
“She was a victim of extortion by Lazarenko and yet complicit conspiracy Lazarenko. Their scheme provided for business development through corruption, paying bribes to politicians, enjoyment and enrichment, “- said the Earl.
Asked how Tymoshenko paid Lazarenko, he replied:” A lot. Tens of millions of dollars. Documents of transfer signed by her husband Oleksandr Tymoshenko “.
However, according to Earle, Timoshenko had to pay if she wanted to do business in Ukraine.
” She had two choices: cooperate or Lazarenko, or it would have taken away their business. Lazarenko not the first one who did it. It - just the standard scheme of corrupt politicians on the planet, not only among the countries of the former Soviet Union “.
” When Lazarenko in the national arena, it began to actively manipulate the structure of natural gas imports. Then at once Yulia Tymoshenko and her company became the largest importer of gas to Ukraine, “- said Earl.
” It came from the company’s cube, a small company with enough energy trading, and has grown to UES - largest importer of natural gas to Ukraine. I think it was the handiwork of Lazarenko. He said: “If you pay me, I will make you successful - and we both became rich,” - said Brian Earl.
According to an FBI agent interrogated Tymoshenko U.S. law enforcement.
“It was very indecisive during questioning about his collaboration with Lazarenko. She happily talked about the corruption of other people in Ukraine, but not about his business,” - he explained.
Meanwhile, FBI agent explained Tymoshenko was not under investigation in the United States and the court did not consider the question of her guilt or innocence.
Earl noted that during the hearing on the merits Lazarenko in San Francisco Judge Martin Jenkins ruled out of the indictment points where Lazarenko mentioned transfers Tymoshenko.
“FAQ (judge) was that we did not have enough evidence. Yulia Tymoshenko gave evidence Oleksandr Tymoshenko did not give evidence. So our evidence regarding money Tymoshenko to Lazarenko were not the same strong as in other areas, because the witnesses did not cooperate in this episode “.
However Earle added that, based on the decision of Judge Jenkins, we can not give estimates of the relationship Tymoshenko and Lazarenko.
“He (the judge) said that she was innocent of criminal activity. He said that in case there is not enough evidence to convict for acts Lazarenko and Tymoshenko “.
Agent Earle was awarded by the U.S. government for investigation Lazarenko. Currently ranks among the FBI, working on identifying assets clan Yanukovych.