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Russia Cancels Tymoshenko Arrest Warrant

Former Prime Minister Tymoshenko (file photo) 26 September 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Russian military prosecutors said today they have canceled an international arrest warrant for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko.

A statement on the website of the Russian Prosecutor-General's Office said the year-old warrant was canceled after Tymoshenko voluntarily appeared before military investigators in Russia on 25 September to give evidence.

Prosecutors said Tymoshenko also agreed to appear for any additional questioning in the future.

Tymoshenko had been accused of bribing Russian defense officials while she headed Ukraine's main gas distributor, the now-defunct United Energy Systems. Tymoshenko has denied the charges, saying they were politically motivated.


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