December 13, 2004

Viktor Yushchenko Poisoning Timeline (Guardian UK/AP)

Originally posted by moth23 from, reBlogged by ts

Monday December 13, 2004 8:01 PM

By The Associated Press

A timeline of events related to opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko’s dioxin poisoning:

- Sept. 5: Yushchenko has dinner with Security Service chief Ihor Smeshko and his deputy Volodymyr Satsyuk.

- Sept. 6: Yushchenko falls ill. Ukrainian doctors treat him for food poisoning.

- Sept. 10: The candidate is rushed to the Rudolfinerhaus clinic in Vienna, Austria.

- Sept. 21: Ukrainian prosecutors and parliament launch probe.

- Sept. 21: Yushchenko tells parliament he was poisoned by “Ukrainian political cuisine that kills.”

- Sept. 30: The candidate returns to the Rudolfinerhaus clinic after complaining of excruciating back pain.

- Oct. 31: First round of Ukrainian presidential elections. Yushchenko leads but not enough for an outright victory. Runoff scheduled for Nov 21.

- Nov. 15: Parliamentary commission says it has no conclusive evidence Yushchenko was poisoned.

- Nov. 21: Presidential runoff. Supreme Court later declares runoff fraudulent, strips Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych of victory and calls a new vote for Dec. 26.

- Dec. 10: Yushchenko returns to the Rudolfinerhaus clinic for more tests.

- Dec. 11: Austrian doctors say Yushchenko was poisoned by dioxin.

- Dec. 12: Prosecutors reopen probe into Yushchenko’s poisoning.

- Dec. 13: Lawmakers revive parliamentary commission investigation.