KIEV, Ukraine – Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko says prosecutors have charged her with misspending $280 million during her time in office, charges she denies.
Tymoshenko stands accused of using money from the sale of carbon credits under the Kyoto protocol to pay pensions amid a severe recession while serving as premier to the country’s previous president, pro-Western Viktor Yushchenko.
Tymoshenko is a fierce rival of pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukoyvch. She finished narrowly behind him in elections this year.
She has dismissed the misspending probe as “terror against the opposition” by the president.
A number of former officials in her government have been investigated, questioned and jailed since Yanukoyvch came to power.