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Pavel Lazarenko: biography. Where is Pavel Lazarenko now?

Pavel Lazarenko (photo below) is a former Ukrainian prime minister, Doctor of Economics. According to the UN, he stole about $ 200 million from the state treasury, and according to the Ukrainian administration - $ 320 million. To escape from justice, he left for the United States. But from fate, as they say, you will not leave. There, Pavel Ivanovich was sentenced to 9 years in prison and a fine of $ 10 million for "abuse of finances." In an American prison, he served eight years for money laundering and fraud.


Pavel Lazarenko, whose biography will be presented in this article, was born in the village of Karpovka (Ukraine) in 1953. The father of the future politician was a gardener. In 1978, Lazarenko graduated from the Agricultural Institute in Dnepropetrovsk. In 1996 he became a doctor of economic sciences.

In 1985 he held the post of the 2nd secretary of the district committee of the CPSU. Since March 1992, he represented the president in the Dnepropetrovsk region. Two years later, Pavel Ivanovich was elected a people's deputy. In his official biography it is stated that as a result of his work, almost without any investments, one of the most neglected districts of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Yuryevsky and Sinelnikovsky, was revived. Also, Pavel Lazarenko organized the construction and start-up of the metro in Dnepropetrovsk and completed about 50 long-term industrial and social spheres.

In September 1995, he became the first deputy prime minister, and a year later - the prime minister of Ukraine. For a year in this position Lazarenko introduced a state monopoly on excisable goods, conducted a monetary reform and introduced a national monetary unit - the hryvnia.


In July 1997, Pavel Ivanovich went into opposition and began to speak out negatively about the then-President Leonid Kuchma. In 2 months he took the place of the head of the opposition party "Gromada", which is opposition to the president. In the 1998 elections to the Verkhovna Rada, she was able to overcome the 4% barrier, and Pavel Ivanovich headed the faction, becoming a deputy.

Accusation and escape from the country

In 1998, the policy was detained in Switzerland and accused of financial fraud. But later he was released on bail, and Pavel Lazarenko returned to Kiev. In early 1999, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine filed a petition with the Verkhovna Rada about the deprivation of the policy of parliamentary immunity and his arrest. Against this only the socialists A. Morozov and the party Hromada voted. After such results, the group "Gromada" was closed down, and its former members (Timoshenko, Turchinov, etc.) immediately organized a new one - "Fatherland". This allowed Lazarenko to become an independent deputy, not part of any faction. The report of Prosecutor General M. Potebenko says: "Lazarenko illegally opened several currency accounts for a total of 4.5 million francs and 2 million dollars. The total damage from the activities of the politician for the period from 1993 to 1997 was $ 2 million. "


In February 1999, the former prime minister was detained in New York for violating the visa regime and attempting to illegally enter the United States. Lazarenko asked the United States for political asylum, but was refused. And in 2000, the politicians were charged with fraud, extortion and money laundering. Pavel Lazarenko transferred to America about $ 114 million. According to the UN, the amount of stolen funds is $ 200 million.

Court and sentence

The trial of Lazarenko began in mid-2001. A few months later, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine in absentia put forward against Pavel Ivanovich a number of new charges - in the involvement in the organization of several contract killings, including Getman and Scherban.

The US prosecutor's office demanded a fine of $ 66 million from the politician and imprisoned for 18 years. Lazarenko was in prison until 2003. And after paying a deposit of $ 86 million, he was placed under house arrest. The court itself was held in San Francisco, because the family had a policy there was a ranch. In 2006 Pavel Ivanovich's personal accounts were frozen (but not taken away) $ 477 million. In the same year he was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment and a fine of $ 10 million. The judge reduced the amount of proven financial abuses to $ 5 million. Scandalous episodes associated with the "Unified Energy Systems of Ukraine" (UESU). Lazarenko was left under house arrest until 2008. During this time, he repeatedly appealed, until he had exhausted all possibilities. Then the policy was sent to the federal prison. In 2009, the judge decided to reduce the term of his imprisonment.

The Ukrainian authorities repeatedly asked the US to extradite them to Pavel Lazarenko, but America responded with a refusal because of the absence of an extradition treaty between the countries.

Personal life

Before the "move" to America, the politician was married to Tamara Lazarenko and brought up two daughters and a son. And already being under investigation managed to make a civil marriage with a girl who is twice as young as him, and even give birth to her son.

Lazarenko's chosen one was Oksana Tsikova, the granddaughter of the famous academician, who headed the Research Institute of corn in Dnepropetrovsk. Before moving to America, the girl was an activist of the youth wing of Gromada. At that time, Pavel Ivanovich helped Oksana get a direction to study in one of the best Western universities. About the fact that her benefactor was arrested, Tsikova found out in London. Like a Decembrist wife, she went after a man whom she respected unlimitedly. While Lazarenko was serving time in a California prison, Oksana worked as an interpreter with his lawyers. During this time, her sympathy for the former boss only got stronger. Pavel Ivanovich felt the same feelings. As a result, after Lazarenko's transfer under house arrest exactly 9 months later, Tsikova bore him Ivan's son.

It is interesting that this fact was hidden from the general public. The probable cause is Lazarenko's unsorted marriage with his lawful wife. The role of the unfaithful spouse could have a bad effect on the political career of Pavel Ivanovich, whom he tried to reanimate. But, according to rumors, his wife Tamara does not miss and meets with the former driver of politics. If this is true, then the conscience of the ex-Prime Minister is absolutely pure.

Pavel Lazarenko and Yulia Tymoshenko

In the indictment, this couple is listed as "accomplices". The whole thing in the suit, which was promulgated by the US prosecutor's office. There is detailed information about the transfer of finance from the accounts of companies controlled by Yulia Tymoshenko, to foreign "piggy banks" of the former prime minister.

In addition, Pavel Lazarenko received $ 162 million from Tymoshenko - this is the largest part of his American funds. The lawsuit states that in 1996 the policy was transferred $ 84 million from the firm Smolly Interprises and another $ 65 million from United Energy. A year later, UESU listed Lazarenko $ 13 million. All these firms have a direct relationship to Yuliya Vladimirovna. This is evidenced by the document of the United States Attorney General's Office. The credibility of the data was confirmed by the FBI special agent Debra Laprevott, who investigated the case of the fraud of Pavel Lazarenko. If the charges for the debts of the UESU are proved, then Tymoshenko faces 12 years of imprisonment. And despite the fact that we are talking about the case in 1996, the statute of limitations of the article has not yet expired.

Where is Pavel Lazarenko now?

On November 1, 2012, the politician departed his term and was transferred to immigration services to resolve the issue of his further stay in the country. Pavel Ivanovich was identified in a prison for immigrants in California. A week later Ukrinform announced that the politician had left the place. Where he was transferred, no one knows. Yes, and on the sites of customs and immigration control, which give information about the detainees, no longer appears a name such as Pavel Lazarenko. Where the former prime minister now lives, no one knows.

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