Kuchma's Son-in-Law Funds U.S. Author Sheckley's Treatment

KIEV, Ukraine -- Viktor Pynchuk, the son-in-law of former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, has paid for the treatment and repatriation of U.S. science fiction author Robert Sheckley, who fell ill during a visit to Kiev, according to Pynchuk's office.

Sheckley was placed in the Borys private clinic on April 27 and is due to be discharged and leave for the United States on Thursday.

"On Monday, all the bills at the Borys clinic, where Sheckley is hospitalized, were paid for the period up to the day of his discharge on Thursday," the Ukrayinska Pravda quoted the office of Pynchuk, who is a businessman and parliamentary deputy, as saying.

The office put the sum paid for the author's treatment at 47,000Hr ($10,000).

Source: Interfax