September 2012


Yulia Tymoshenko said some words for ukrainian people: “I want to appeal to the people now!  Nothing can save you against Yanukovych’s affairs if you wouldn’t understand that in Ukraine the criminal gang (mafia) rules. I am convinced either people revolt and  out the criminal gang on these elections or such handling (as now used to all who are in their possession) will be applied to everyone! In these days the whole country lives under the criminal authorities. The more people allow to do such things the worse everyone will experience a criminal power in his life.  Everybody knows that laws are neglected. That people are absolutely unfortunate. Here I feel this by myself, by my own life. It’s nothing in laws concerning the people’s rights and freedoms to make the Yanukovych’s mafia any significance. Enrichment (corruption etc.) is the only goal for them.  I can imagine again how disenfranchised every ukrainian citizen is in criminal country. Nobody can trust in laws, in enforcement agencies, in courts because all is controlled by mafia group.”
She also added about her situation: “Everyday not just only psychological pressure is apllied but the hellish conditions are made for me. It’s conscious and intentional action. It’s directly Yanukovych’s affair”


On the Transatlantic Dinner, US Secretary Clinton and EU High Rep Ashton talked about upcoming elections in Ukraine and about situation with selective prosecutions of opposition leaders. On the official website of the US goverment brief summary is given:

It’s fair to say that we – the United States and Europe are working extraordinarily closely together when it comes to pressing for and supporting free and fair elections that are going to take place on October 28th. Ukraine is hugely important to European security and stability. We have been very clear how much we regret what we see as selective prosecutions, including the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Tymoshenko. And Secretary Clinton, High Rep Ashton agreed the U.S. and the European Union really have the same policy, which is to say that our relations with Ukraine can only really move forward when we see an end of those selective prosecutions and free and fair elections. And they talked about how we can use the time between now and October 28th to support those goals.

Eugenia Tymoshenko had a blessed early life as her mother, Yulia, rose to become prime minister of Ukraine. Then came the arrest. She tells Tim Bouquet (The Guardian) about the bitter fight to get “Lady Yu” out of jail.

Eugenia Tymoshenko steps out of a cab in sunny Knightsbridge wearing black high heels, a smart tan skirt and black jacket. She could be something senior at Goldman Sachs, but her pressing business is about life, death and justice. The 32-year-old is on a campaign to free her mother from a seven-year jail sentence in a Ukrainian prison – and, she says, from physical and mental torture that threatens to kill her.

Eugenia’s mother is Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister ofUkraine, sent to prison after a sequence of events that combines the plot of a revenge thriller with the darkest politics of the Soviet Union era. In October last year, Tymoshenko was found guilty of criminally “abusing her office” in what the United States and European Union have both called a politically motivated show trial. Even Russian president Vladimir Putin criticised the sentence. Since the start of her prison term, her daughter claims, Yulia has been beaten and denied access to a doctor or drugs. She has also been accused – without evidence – of the murder of a fellow MP. Tymoshenko’s supporters have protested and battled police on the streets of Kiev, and Tymoshenko herself has gone on hunger strike. Now it seems her only hope of freedom is her daughter.

Eugenia makes an unlikely saviour. Until her mother’s sentence, her career was running an Italian restaurant in Kiev. “I never had any ambition for politics,” she tells me. These days Eugenia strides confidently into TV studios for interviews. She talks with poise and passion to presidents and prime ministers. She addresses meetings of MEPs and briefs lawyers. And she litigates. “Ukraine courts don’t work,” Eugenia says. “We have to go overseas.”

When we meet she is in London talking to lawyers as she takes action in the British courts against Ukraine’s first deputy prosecutor. In March, Renat Kuzmin told BBC Ukraine that he had “reliable information” that money from her mother’s accounts had been transferred to pay hitmen who had gunned down MP and businessman Yevgen Shcherban, as well as his wife and his assistant, at an airport in 1996. “She has never been questioned, and this allegation has no basis in fact,” Eugenia says, toying with her pasta. One senses that this lapsed restaurateur now rarely finishes a meal.

Eugenia comes across as a mixture of relentless focus – displaying her mastery of the legal and political minefield that confronts her mother – and the restless stress of somebody who wishes that she could wake up to find that this was all a bad dream

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The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Ukraine. It сalls for the Government of Ukraine to release Ms. Tymoshenko, to provide her with timely access to medical care, and to conduct the October parliamentary elections in a fair and transparent manner consistent with OSCE standards. The Senate also сalls on the Department of State to institute a visa ban against those responsible for the imprison ment and mistreatment of Ms. Tymoshenko and the  more than dozen political leaders associated with the 2004 Orange Revolution

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Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon has expressed the U.S. Government’s concern over plans by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office to open new cases against former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

“We urge the Government of Ukraine to cease further prosecutions against Yulia Tymoshenko and other political opposition leaders. While two former members of Ms. Tymoshenko’s former Cabinet were released earlier this year, we are disturbed to see the Prosecutor General’s Office continuing to pursue additional investigations against Ms. Tymoshenko and Mr. Lutsenko,” Gordon said at a conference in Washingtonorganized by the Center for U.S.-Ukrainian Relations.

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The Ukrainian authorities are actively trying to discredit the Tymoshenko family by creating bogus accounts on social networks using their names. 

“I ask that journalists not spread the lies that are appearing on fake social network accounts. I officially state that I do not have an account on Twitter, Facebook, Odnoklassniki, Vkontakte or any other social network,” said Eugenia Tymoshenko.

The ex-premier’s daughter said her representatives have written to the social networks asking them to close the fake accounts.

“Everyone realized long ago that Yanukovych’s regime is only capable of fabricating cases and committing provocations,” she said.

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has filed a libel lawsuit in London against Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin for spreading false information about her in an interview with the BBC.

“The lawsuit was filed last week. We want the false information that was disseminated to be refuted,” said lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko.

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