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Can’t Find Work? Have You Considered Moving to Ukraine Under Shady Circumstances?

Have we got an opportunity for you!

Are you a “recent law school grad” trying to find a gig more exciting than reviewing documents? Are you the adventurous sort willing to take a risk, pick up and move across the world, on the risk of a big score?

This new job listing promises just such a big score if you’re willing to move to Ukraine for an undefined period. It can’t be any worse than a warehouse of contract attorneys. What task could possibly require a green American lawyer in Ukraine?

And just how dangerous must this job be if it’s a “multi-million dollar opportunity” for the lawyer?

First, the job offer. The job is “developing a niche website for the legal profession.” You got us, it’s starting Above the Law: Ukraine. The model works for Law and Order and NCIS so we thought we’d give it a try. Actually it’s not us. Not just because running ATL is far from a multi-million dollar opportunity, but if you think American lawyers take snark badly:

“You not say Ukraine my law school is weak!”

 

According to the ad, it’s so “top secret” the candidate won’t get the details until they land in the Breadbasket of Europe:

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That doesn’t at all sound like you’re getting sold to the guys from Taken.

Frankly, I have my doubts about this post. It’s just so sketchy that even on a website that advertises orgies this offer sticks out for its ridiculousness.

But let’s assume this is real for now. At least Ukraine seems like a totally safe place to live:

A top lawyer for jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Monday was charged with beating his ex-wife, a move supporters see as a possible attempt to derail a landmark agreement with the European Union that hinges on her release.

Serhiy Vlasenko, Tymoshenko’s long-time lawyer and ally, was charged with assaulting his former spouse and was being questioned late in the evening, prosecutor Ruslan Demyanyuk told reporters, according to the Interfax news agency.

The hell? You know, you can just not sign the treaty. Ukraine is on the brink of a major trade deal with the EU — a stepping stone to eventual membership — and the EU has conditioned the treaty on the release of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who led the world in dressing like Princess Leia. Ukraine’s current leadership has no interest in letting her go and appears, by most accounts, to be doubling down on incarcerating Tymoshenko’s allies, starting with her lawyer.

Maybe this mystery project is like Avvo, except instead of reviews it tells you which lawyers are presently political prisoners.

If the EU deal dies on the vine, Ukraine’s backup plan just might be a shift toward the West’s geopolitical rival.

Yanukovych may hope that the EU will drop its demand for Tymoshenko’s release out of fear that Ukraine would opt for closer ties with Russia.

Over the weekend, Yanukovych made a surprise trip to Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Recent comments made by Ukraine’s Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on the importance of good economic ties with Russia also suggest that Kiev is considering a tilt toward Moscow.

And we all know what comes next.

Top Lawyer for Ukraine’s Ex-PM Questioned, Charged [ABC News]
Recent Law School Graduate Part of Confidential Project (Temporarily Relocation Abroad) [Craigslist]

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