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Paul Manaforts misdeeds go far beyond tax fraud

Paul Manafort is still got off lightly. The former election chief of U.S. President Donald Trump is due to tax and Bank fraud has been sentenced to nearly fou

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Paul Manaforts misdeeds go far beyond tax fraud

Paul Manafort is still got off lightly. The former election chief of U.S. President Donald Trump is due to tax and Bank fraud has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison. This is far from the previously discussed criminal mass between 19 and 25 years. Manafort had apart from tax led a "blameless life fraud," said judge T. S. Ellis.

For the Ukrainians this sounds like pure mockery. Because, for them, President Viktor Yanukovych goes Manaforts use for Ex-far in excess of tax fraud. You make him responsible for the political Chaos in which the country is today. Finally, it had made Manafort possible that Yanukovych was in 2010, the President and the country ausplünderte in trouble as his predecessors, which resulted in the Maidan Revolution of 2014. Yanukovych fled to Russia, a week later, Moscow annexed the Crimea, and the war in Eastern Ukraine started, the cost, according to UN data, up to 12'500 people.

600'000 dollars in a month

$ 60 million has Manafort collected according to the American studies for his work in the Ukraine, up to 600'000 per month. In Kiev, incomplete, hand-written lists were found, which show how Manafort has been paid in dozens of cases of bribe money. A TV Station has millions of dollars to get a positive coverage of Yanukovych, a Million went to a judge for an appropriate sentence, hundreds of thousands of dollars to members of Parliament or the election Commission.

Around four million cost also, the "independent" report, Manafort for his clients at a New York law firm ordered. Was to read that the 2011 arrest, the worst rival of Yanukovych, Yulia Tymoshenko, was justified and not politically motivated.

gangsters and oligarchs

As Manafort the case of Yanukovych in 2005 was the Ukrainians at the low point of his career. Russia had tried, with clumsy manipulation, his election victory, to help. But the Ukrainians did not want to accept this and went to hundreds of thousands on the road: The Orange Revolution in 2004, had Yanukovych as a boorish, corrupt gangster politicians stand. In the Ukraine the people were convinced at the time, firm in our belief that this Election fraud, the non-dominated with his Russian mother tongue, the national language properly, have no political future.

But thanks to Manaforts the arts, it turned out quite differently. He sent Yanukovych to the hairdresser, the tailor, in the rhetoric course in the language school. In the course of the years, the state stood then, suddenly, sophisticated man as acting, the language fluent in Ukrainian, his voters the way to Europe promised, and smiled, and little children kissed. "Paul has made him a different person," says one of his closest employees. In 2010, the unthinkable managed to Viktor Yanukovych, He was elected President.

Manafort stirred meanwhile, in the West, the promotional drums for his clients. "I'm not only for the elections here," he said at the time, the "New York Times", "I'm trying to play a constructive role in the democratisation of the country. I help a political party." Yanukovych's party, "long as a collection basin for Donetsk-based mobsters and oligarchs", by doing an "extreme change of image," wrote US Ambassador John Herbst in 2006, according to Wikileaks to Washington. Manafort do this "plastic surgery".

offer for Poroshenko

But when Yanukovych in 2013, the Association agreement with the EU should sign, he sought his salvation suddenly back in Russia, where he got after the Maidan-Revolution asylum. The commitment of the agile Manafort ended, meanwhile, with the departure of his protege. He built the policy for Pro-Russian parties. In 2016, he has worked, apparently, even on a peace plan for the war that Yanukovych, at least indirectly co-responsible for. In Washington, he campaigned for is already support for his proposal. Because his contacts were not only to the Trump excellent. His people have to lobby for the Yanukovych also in the case of Barack Obama and his Vice Joe Biden successfully.

According to Ukrainian Reports, Manafort, 2014 sprucing up for the election campaign of the Kiev mayor and former Boxing world champion Vitali Klitschko. And even the current President, Petro Poroshenko, he has offered to bring his election campaign gained momentum, the U.S. studies show. After the first consultation, the relationship had been terminated, assured Poroshenko's former campaign Manager. Manafort did not understand that the Ukraine has changed since the Maidan.

Today, Poroshenko's Challenger to doubt exactly this change. In particular, the Team of opposition candidate Yulia Tymoshenko complains about a series of dirty Tricks. With the old "Manafort-methods" is the Regime of Tymoshenko as a Putin-friendly and corrupt politician and trying to make it so again unelectable, suits your trailer.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 08.03.2019, 21:38 PM

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