'Tymoshenko Tour' Tracks Former PM's Hometown Roots
A tour agency in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk is capitalizing on the fame of one of its native daughters, jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, with a three-hour tour of sites from her early life and career. The tour covers Tymoshenko's childhood apartment building, her university, and the energy company she founded in 1989. The agency also introduces visitors to sites from the life of another Dnipropetrovsk politician -- former Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko -- who served a prison term in the United States for financial crimes. Organizers say they did not consult Tymoshenko's family in creating the attraction, and have faced threats of a lawsuit over privacy breaches from the Dnipropetrovsk branch of her Fatherland party. But as long as the tours continue, the business is profitable, drawing between 200-500 hryvnas ($24-61) per visitor.