Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Renat Kuzmin informed that the total number of criminal cases instituted against former PM Yulia Tymoshenko is ten, and all of them concern Tymoshenko's economic activities.

For the moment, investigators of the prosecution are engaged into three criminal cases, Kuzmin said in an interview with "CP in Ukraine".

Two criminal cases against Yulia Tymoshenko concerning the activities of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) Corporation have been combined into one case, and they will be investigated by a joint investigation team, he said.

The prosecutor's office also noted that the main investigation department of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) had opened a criminal case against Tymoshenko on the attempted embezzlement in 1996-2000 of $405.5 million in state budget funds.

In addition, the investigative department of the State Tax Service of Ukraine has a criminal case against Tymoshenko on the concealment of foreign exchange earnings of over $165 million, the unlawful compensation of budget funds and the evasion of taxes totaling more than UAH 47 million through the introduction of a financial scheme on payments for the inventory holdings of the UESU Corporation and the concealment of income received from her offshore companies, which was used for personal gain.

In response to the question how Tymoshenko can pay if the court decision comes into force and whether she has any property for confiscation the Deputy Prosecutor General said that according to Tymoshenko's income declarations she does not have anything.

"No cars, no real estate, no land, no money. According to the documents, a person, who used to control the gas market of Ukraine and was a Prime Minister of the country, is a beggar. Can you believe this? We charged our special services to investigate her property, and they have come out with a part of the apartment in Dnipropetrovs'k, that she owns. She does not own anything else. If the court decision comes into force, Tymoshenko will be obliged to pay about one and a half milliard hryvnias. I find it difficult to say how it can be done. May be she will voluntarily bring back the money from her off-shore accounts," Kuzmin said.

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