Marienkov also said that in 1997 he came in contact with Yevhen Kushnir and he told him that the "Four-eyes" (Lazarenko) abandoned them, and did not give any economic preferences." The witness told a lot of details about his links with the crime bosses of the time, as well as familiarity with Kravchenko and Fere.
Marienkov also said Kushnir wanted to kill him. According to the witness, he warned Fere about the assassination attempts on Volkov and Bakai. In addition, Marienkov noted that Kushnir said "Tymoshenko and Lazarenko is the same thing for them. And Yulia will solve all the problems of financial nature." He also noted that the money for the release of Kushnir was taken from Tymoshenko.
As the correspondent of Ukrainian Pravda notes, judge Tsarevych is very favorable to the witness, smiling at him, and asked her assistant to bring him some water. The witness did not provide any direct evidence linking Tymoshenko and Lazarenko to the murder.
In his words, the witness was referring to the words of Riabin or Kushnir. And in his remarks about Kushnir he stated that Kushnir at that time had been drinking heavily for two years. In concluding his testimony, Marienko said: "All that I am telling you now, I said in the previous three hearings. Someone might ask why I did not mention Tymoshenko. For me she and Lazarenko are the same thing."
The court will continue the witness questioning on February 14 at 10 am.