U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood said Tymoshenko failed to show that the industrialist Dmytro Firtash and other defendants laundered money in the United States to help pay Ukraine prosecutors and supporters of Viktor Yanukovych, who in 2010 narrowly defeated Tymoshenko to become Ukraine's president.
Tymoshenko and two other plaintiffs claimed that Firtash, who owns Ukrainian energy company RosUkrEnergo, and his accomplices "skimmed" millions of dollars from natural gas contracts, and laundered them through bogus Manhattan real estate transactions. She said the campaign was payback for her 2009 agreement with Russia's then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to eliminate RosUkrEnergo as an intermediary in the sale of natural gas between their respective countries.
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Wood, however, said that "without specifying the particular contribution of each defendant to the money laundering scheme, plaintiffs fail to establish the requisite directness of relationship between each defendant's conduct and the harm suffered by Tymoshenko."
The judge dismissed the complaint, which had been amended three times, with prejudice, meaning it cannot be brought again.
Firtash was indicted in June 2013 by an Illinois federal grand jury over an alleged scheme to pay $18.5 million of bribes to Indian officials to allow the mining of titanium minerals.On April 30, an Austrian judge rejected a U.S. request to extradite Firtash, who claimed the charges were politically motivated.