Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is demanding that Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka launch a criminal investigation into the government's falsification of inflation figures and failure to index wages and social payments, Tymoshenko's official website cited the opposition leader.

"The consumer price index, which is essentially an index of inflation, was on average 42.3% in 2010, while the government is showing 9% for 2010. This is major fraud," Yulia Tymoshenko said today before her latest visit to the Prosecutor General’s Office.

According to Yulia Tymoshenko, given this level of inflation, the minimum wage as of Jan. 1, 2011 should have been 1236 hryvnias and the minimum pension 989 hryvnias. "The fact that people haven’t received the money they deserve is basically a crime because the governments before the Azarov-Yanukovych government always indexed payments and never ignored this law. This is the first time in independent Ukraine that this law is not being implemented," she said.

"Today I want to ask if they gave my letter about a crime to the Prosecutor General and who will be responsible for the fact that they’re covering up the non-payment of real pensions and wages according to inflation and who will be responsible for the fact that the Prosecutor General’s Office is covering up this crime," said the ex-premier.

Yulia Tymoshenko also believes that if the Prosecutor General’s Office ignores this crime committed by Azarov’s government, Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka must be prosecuted.

"Pshonka is protecting Yanukovych and Azarov and in doing so is allowing them to take from people their legitimate money and I think that he too will have to answer for this, not just Yanukovych and Azarov. Their rule will end quickly, but they will have to answer quite seriously before the law and people for what they’re doing today in Ukraine," she added

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