Politician, 2007-2010 Prime Minister of UkraineUkraine
Julia Tymoshenko was born on November 27, 1960, in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Her mother is Ludmila Nikolaevna Telegina, her father Vladimir Abramovich Grigyan were born in Dnipropetrovsk. Vladimir left the family when Julia was three years old. Tymoshenko took the surname of her mother "Telegina" — before graduating in 1997. In 1979, Tymoshenko married Aleksandr Tymoshenko, son of middle-level Soviet official. In 1980 their daughter Evgenia was born. Tymoshenko was a candidate in the Ukrainian presidential elections of 2010, but lost this election to Viktor Yanukovych (Tymoshenko gained 45.47% of the votes in the second and final round of this election). At first Tymoshenko challenged the election results, claiming the vote was rigged, but withdrew her appeal on 20 February 2010 stating “It became clear that the court is not out to establish the truth”.
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Julia Tymoshenko was the Prime Minister of Ukraine from 24 January to 8 September 2005, and again from 18 December 2007 to 4 March 2010. She is the leader of the All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland" party and the Julia Tymoshenko Bloc.
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In some press-media Tymoshenko is sometimes referred to as Lady Ju. Timshenko has also won some attention for her signature hair-do. "It curls around her head like a golden crown, a rococo flourish that sets her far apart from the jowly men she has challenged. " -Clifford J. Levy, New York Times.