While on a visit to Brussels, Kuzmin yesterday gave a wide-ranging interview to EurActiv. He said the prosecution was to press charges in two weeks time for the 1996 murder Yefhen Shcherban, a member of parliament and one of the richest people in Ukraine.
Shcherban and his wife were killed at the Donetsk airport in 1996 by people dressed as police officers. According to the prosecution, the Shcherbans’ murderers have confessed having received $1 million (€742,394) from a bank account linked to Tymoshenko and Pavlo Lazarenko in the 1990s.
Lazarenko was prime minister from 1996 to 1997 and was the mentor of Tymoshenko, president of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine at the time, a private company importing Russian gas to Ukraine. Lazarenko was convicted of money laundering and is serving a prison term in the United States.
Tymosheko has stated that the murder charges against her were “absurd” and clearly politically driven.