Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko is an Ukrainian politician, businesswoman, some would say 'oligarch', twice prime minister, and unsuccessful presidential candidate.
She was born and raised in the communist era, when Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union, having had a
modest childhood and upbringing. Having studied economics and married
Oleksandr Tymoshenko, Yulia worked as an economics engineers as the
Soviet regime started collapsing in 1989. Then, making use of her
husband's government connections, they went into private enterprise,
first in video rentals, then in oil-and-gas trading. She swiftly became
a multimillionaire. Her career in that regard parallels those of the
more famous Russian oligarchs: a combination of seizing opportunities,
entrepreneurial spirit, and exploiting connections, all in a situation
of legal confusion in the chaotic transition of a state-controlled
economy to a largely privatized one as well as of the establishment of
Ukraine as an independent country. Whether or not her business
activities and enrichment can be called "illicit", at the time and in
that context, is debatable - what is clear is that she at least
skilfully exploited the loopholes of the legal system (or the absence
After a few years of in the energy
business, she entered politics as an MP, becoming deputy prime minister
for fuel and energy, due to her knowledge and connection of the sector,
which she overhauled. Yet, after two years, she was dismissed, entering
the opposition to the then Kuchma government, and briefly arrested for
This is a pattern that has
followed her political career to this day: charged with corruption (or
other economic crimes), even arrested, then released as the charges are
found to be unfounded. She and her supporters say that the charges are
always politically motivated; those who oppose her say the opposite.
became one of the leaders of the so-called "Orange Revolution" in 2004,
then prime minister for the first time, then dismissed after clashing
with the president, then prime minister again, then finally defeated in
the presidential election of 2010, then arrested in 2011 for having
supposedly damaged Ukraine in an energy deal with Russia, in what was
clearly a political trial, then released in 2014 after the fall of the
Yulia Tymoshenko is a very divisive
figure in the sense that it seems that most people in Ukraine either
love or loathe her. Yet, that does not seem to be connected primarily to
her political positions, but rather to whether people see her as mainly
an oligarch who "stole from the people" or as a genuine democratic free
market reformer. Her political ideology, if it can be called that, is a
combination of moving Ukraine closer to the EU and away from Russia,
plus economic reforms ostensibly aiming at higher efficiency and freer
markets, plus a claim of a deep personal connection to Ukraine as her
As her above career already suggests, she
has no difficulty digressing at length on economic issues, especially
those connected to the energy sector, having also negotiated on that
issue single-handedly with Vladimir Putin (LSI) (which is what made her
vulnerable to the charges that led her to jail in 2011).
of the above points strongly to a person confident in P. That it is
also a quadra value is demonstrated by her personality: in all videos of
one-to-one interviews, as well as of her talking to cabinet ministers,
she speaks in a dry, factual manner, with no attempt whatsoever of
affecting the emotional atmosphere. Due to her pseudo-charming 'crown
braid' image she has adopted since the Orange Revolution, western
journalists who meet her for the first time are invariably surprised and
taken aback by her true personality.
Orange Revolution, in her 'first incarnation' as a businesswoman and
politician, she came across as a soberly dressed woman in her natural
dark hair, who liked to appear tough and who made even less effort to
appear charming than presently. She completely revamped her image to the
present one, including putting up a very friendly façade while
receiving flowers from the public and the like - a very transparent PR
effort to make her more broadly appealing in a national election. That
shows her awareness of the importance of the emotional effect of her
public image, as well as the relative clumsiness in which she does it.
That suggests E as a non-valued element but not one which she does not
acknowledge, fitting best E3.
Not even her admirers
deny that she is obsessed by achieving power. She is also known to
frequently use language - not joking - like threatening to "skin alive"
her ministers if they did not balance their budget on schedule, and, in a
leaked conversation, saying she'd like to blow up Vladimir Putin's head
herself, with an AK-47. All of that confirms F as a quadra value.
her two experiences in jail (the first one for 42 days) clearly shook
and demoralized her. During the second, she made no secret of her
physical collapse and declining health. That would be odd behavior for a F1 or F2 type, suggesting F as a valued but weak function, fitting F6
Although still married to Oleksandr
Tymoshenko, he is more of a background figure and her public image is
rather of a very independent person. who seemingly relies on no person
in particular. This is consistent with the independent streak of Gamma and LIE in particular, and also with R being a very weak and vulnerable
function (likely R5).
Since her early business career, and up
to and including her political career, she seems to have always had the
longer-term perspective as higher priority than her present comfort and
circumstances. In 2011 she could have, by all accounts, fled Ukraine
rather than face imprisonment, but she knew that if she did so her
political career would be finished. She therefore chose to face trial
and imprisonment, despite the obvious discomfort and suffering. That is
all consistent with T as strong function, along with her talk of her 'destiny' of a personal connection to Ukraine.
All of that fits best P1, T2, E3, R5 and F6, that is, a LIE.
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