According to the Ukrainian Pravda, Raisa Bohatyreva flew toAmerica escorted by two bodyguards and a personal camera man. Maybe the story wouldn't the attention if not for the government'sdesire to cover it up.
Bohatyreva went to America to meet with several officials - thehead of the Department of Health and Human Services KathleenSebelius, senator Richard Lugar, deputy assistant of the USSecretary of State Dan Russel.
Apart from Bohatyreva and health experts, the following peoplespent one week at government's expense in Washington: twobodyguards, camera man, her friend Lyudmyla Khariv - former weatherwoman and show biz programs host and now a Cabinet of Ministryemployee responsible for Bohatyreva's public relations.
The reasons for at least 5 people's the presence are doubtful.According to the press, it is only 110,000 UAH (almost 15,000 USD)for plane tickets. Moreover, they spent 6 nights in Washingtonwhich is about another 110,000. So that s at least 200,000 UAHwithout daily expenses.
Somebody may say that 200,000 is not much on a scale of thecountry but it is about 200 pensions for Ukraine which was spentpointlessly on bodyguard who are unnecessary in the US.
The trip also included a 'private program' on Sunday which delayedBohatyreva's return for an extra day.
The journalist sent an inquiry to the Minister hoping for hercomment regarding the trip of two bodyguards to the United States,the private program, and business class tickets but to noavail.