Yulia Tymoshenko

THE MOST ELEGANT CLEANING LADY IN THE WORLD

In 2006, when Dimitri Popov’s and Ilya Milstein’s biography on former (and future) Ukranian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was published, this piece was done for the German culture show ‘Titel Thesen Temperamente’. We shot during the election campaign, in which Tymoshenko called her block  ‘Love.’

Tymoshenko remarks in the interview that today’s Eastern European women are the most effective politicians, because they have more cleaning experience, and thus can better clean up corruption! It is a sad and ironic twist that Tymonshenko is herself in prison today on corruption charges that are widely viewed as trumped-up. To her many supporters she is  a political prisoner and heroine, and her cause has been widely trumpeted by the European Community and human rights organizations.