October 2012


The 16-th of October, Ukrainian TV chanels demonstrate video track with Yulia Tymoshenko on it. Jailed opposition leader,  ex-PM of Ukraine , has treatment in Ukrzaliznytsia clinic (Kharkiv) because of serious troubling in her back. She is the patient  of german doctors (Charite clinic, Berlin) , who from time to time arrive in Ukraine to treat Yulia Tymoshenko.

From the begining it was the scandalous story. In april, Yulia Tymoshenko was beaten, when she was moved to Ukrzaliznytsia clinic. In may, ex-PM claimed that the Ukrainian authorities use hidden cameras for observation of the process of her treatment in Ukrzaliznytsia clinic (Kharkiv). The ukrainian government ignored her cries. It was like Tymoshenko has no rights for any attention of “their honor”. She was made like someone who came out of mind. And now the fact of amoral observation became known.

The rulers of Ukraine were caught by their own stupidity and fear. On the 28-th of October the parliamentary elections will pass in Ukraine. Yulia Tymoshenko and her party is still the main competitor for ruling Party of Regions and for Yanukovych — the head of Ukraine. So, how anyone can assume, the top Ukrainian leaders wanted to show that Tymoshenko isn’t sick but she just lies. Perhaps they considered such videos of Yulia Tymoshenko as a convincing argument in their election campaign against opposition.

Nevertheless, video track was released. Yulia Tymoshenko reacted on this fact in her opened letter to citizen (in her own words) Viktor Yanukovych:

Viktor Fedorovych!

Yesterday, moving around the prison that you have turned my hospital room into, I saw on all the TV channels videos of my prison life, filmed with hidden cameras. Given the extreme immorality of your action, I decided to write you this open letter.

Firstly – I confirm the authenticity of 90% of these recordings. Especially the parts involving my physical therapy sessions with a physical therapist in the treatment room.

Secondly – the video from the treatment room and other premises were made with hidden surveillance cameras that were installed on direct orders from you. Now the fact of constant hidden video surveillance has been proved and this is your crime.

Thirdly – many of the medical procedures that take place in the treatment room require that I undress, and the hidden video cameras record all of this and continue to record this during the entire period of my treatment. This is a moral crime that you are committing.

Fourthly – prison staff that support me, after the videos were shown on TV, gave me a plan with the exact location of these hidden video cameras that were installed on your orders in the rooms where I spend time. The public may be interested in knowing that there are three cameras in the room for confidential meetings with my lawyers, two cameras in the shower stall and one above each of the two toilets (sorry for the details). There are so many hidden surveillance cameras that it’s impossible to hide from them, day or night.

And lastly – there is a special room by my prison cell with monitors showing round-the-clock video of me. Male officers who work in the colony are responsible for it, male officers that work in the prosecutor’s office cover it up, and male officers working in the SBU provide technical support. This is done demonstratively, openly, before my eyes, obviously for additional psychological pressure. Unfortunately, the officers that serve the president take their cue from him.

These videos are sent to you electronically every day.

In connection with these circumstances I don’t have any requests or suggestions for you.

Should I ask you to stop this disgrace! But you organized it yourself. Should I ask you to open a criminal case against those doing this dirty work? But will your prosecutor general open a criminal case against You? You’re the ideologue, organizer and executor of this unprecedented disgusting act. Therefore, I have only three questions that I ask you to respond to publicly.

First – what is it that you personally want to see on the videos made with the hidden cameras in the shower, toilet, prison call, rooms where I undergo treatment fully undressed?

What do you do with these films? Do you watch them alone or in cheerful company with friends? Maybe you get more self-confidence in your political capability by watching a female political opponent naked? Maybe you enjoy this specific power over your political opponent and its makes you feel stronger and more successful?

If you answered all these questions positively, then this, Viktor Fedorovych, is a diagnosis and you need to urgently seek anonymous treatment, because it may become chronic.

Second question. When will your channels show the continuation of this series that you find so interesting? When can we expect nude videos? Maybe you think that by showing these materials you’re humiliating me? No. You’re humiliating yourself, showing Ukraine and the world your true self. All the videos made with hidden cameras about my prison life turn you in the eyes of normal people into…better that you now know…

And my last question. Perhaps you’d like to try putting your wife Lyudmyla or your mother, if she’s still alive, under constant public video surveillance and shown live on the Internet? Show on your channels how they live, how they sleep, how they undress, take a shower, or do their business. If you have such exotic fantasies to secretly monitor the private life of women like a “behind the glass” show, start with the women in your family.

Maybe then you’ll understand the difference between sadism and morality, between vileness and dignity.

Given that I know very well who I’m dealing with and fully understand your psychological portrait, I don’t blame you of anything, I even forgive you.

You are the way you are. And nobody can change you. Darwinism can’t change a jackal into a lion, or vice versa.

Besides these questions, I don’t have any requests from you.

My request is to all the women of Ukraine and the world with dignity, honor and solidarity. Before you speak with Yanukovych, just recall that he is watching, round-the-clock, the prison life of his female political opponent through cameras hidden in the toilet and don’t shake his hand, because you’ll never be able to wash it clean.

I have the same request to the men of Ukraine and abroad who love their mothers, wives, daughters and sisters.

Don’t shake hands with Yanukovych, because by doing so you are humiliating all women with dignity, you are supporting Yanukovych and his dirty daily activities.

And you, Viktor Fedorovych, I am informing that I am refusing “treatment” that is under video cameras aired on TV and the Internet, and is more like being in the torture chambers of the GULAG. In those conditions people are crippled, not treated.

I demand that I be returned to the colony in the condition I am. I will be treated when I am free, when you are no longer prying on me through a keyhole.

I hope the European Court of Human Rights makes a judgment that will make Ukrainians understand who you are and will remove you as president along with your mafia.

Without respect to you,
Yulia Tymoshenko
17 October 2012

Before this occasion took place, doctor from Berlin’s Charite hospital said the conditions necessary for the proper treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko are impossible in Ukraine. 

“The proper situation obviously can’t be ensured given the current conditions in Ukraine. The Charite clinic is ready to offer similar multimodal therapy. Despite everything and under all circumstances, in order to maintain and improve function it is necessary to continue therapeutic measures that were applied to this time, to prevent further deterioration and chronicity. Charite doctors remain ready to take part in long-term treatment”

The doctors also believe that the constant rescheduling of court hearings, round-the-clock video surveillance, constant presence by security guards even during conversations with doctors, release of confidential medical documents and videos by the media exacerbate the disease and make a full recovery impossible. “The uncontrolled video surveillance with cameras controlled by men limits the patient’s willingness to move freely,” the physicians said.

“The findings based on the last examination conducted by Dr Lutz Harms on September 17, 2012, describe the chronicity of the disease. From a medical point of view, the enormous psychological pressure and inability to hold confidential therapy-related conversations between the patient and doctor is a major obstacle to recovery,” they stressed.

In their findings from October 19, the doctors expressed their opinion regarding the release of videos of Yulia Tymoshenko. “The Charite doctors strongly criticize the release of videos showing Mrs. Yulia Tymoshenko in the hospital and for which she did not give her consent. This is yet another serious violation of the principle of trust that every patient should expect without restriction. This is the latest wrongful act,” they said.

Yulia Tymoshenko starting on October 17 refused to take drugs and undergo treatment as a result of the violation her right to privacy and is asking to be returned to the Kachanivska penal colony.

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On the 17-18th of October the annual Congress of European People’s Party (EPP) took place in Bucharest. Eugenia Tymoshenko (daughter of jailed ukrainian ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko) and some leaders of ukrainian opposition were invited on this forum. Eugenia described her purpose for participation in EPP Congress:  “I came to the EPP Congress to give the European leaders and politicians an appeal from my mother. There is a political crisis in Ukraine. The parliamentary elections have already been rigged. We need their help.” The ex-premier’s daughter also thanked the politicians and leaders of the EU for supporting the Ukrainian people and imprisoned opposition leaders.

Yulia Tymoshenko’s daughter gave the leaders of the EU a letter from her mother. The President of the EPP Wilfried Martens read the statement of jailed ukrainian opposition leader.

– I wish to begin by thanking President Martens for allowing me to speak to you today. Of course, it is his voice that you are hearing and not mine. But Wilfried and you all, my dear friends, are living proof that the saying that there are no true friends in politics is a lie. Your friendship is a blessing for defending my people and for my life. I treasure your friendship in my imprisonment, and it has given me so much hope for big and just changes. I know that through the voice of my friend Wilfried you will hear the truth of my words; most importantly, you will get additional arguments to define your strategy towards the fate of my country.

This is now the 439th day of my imprisonment. Most of these many months I have been confined in a cell in a prison camp, far from my family, friends, and supporters. Today, when I am locked down in a prison hospital ward that has little difference with the cell, where there is almost no difference between the long silences of the days and nights, I see that our struggle to preserve Ukraine in the European family has strengthened. Each night when the lock on the door clangs shut, I tell myself that I have survived another day, and will continue to survive whatever indignity this regime heaps upon me, as today this is my share of the struggle for freedom.

But increasingly at night I do become afraid, not for myself, but for my country. For that hollow thud that I hear each time the prison door shuts reminds me that the door to freedom, the door to Europe, to decent lives for my fellow citizens, is also shutting in Ukraine. The prison door that Viktor Yanukovych has built around my country is still not closed forever, but there is little time left before it is shut tight.

I know that all of Europe is now convulsed by a great economic struggle. Why are you enduring this pain? Why are you desperately seeking to preserve the idea of European unity? I know that it is not simply a matter of debts and interest rates. You are fighting for Europe because you know the price in freedoms lost that Europe has paid when past disunity allowed freedom to shrivel.

We have also made all possible efforts to unite the opposition for the sake of a European Ukraine, but the task it still not over and it needs urgent actions. I have applied best efforts so that the Batkivshchyna, Borys Tarasyuk, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Vitaliy Klychko and all other opposition leaders are together, and that they put aside their differences to fight down homo sovieticus in Ukraine’s government once and for all.

I am grateful to you that you have invited our united democratic opposition today to once again support our spirit and striving for our common values.

You understand that failure in your efforts is a prospect that is totally unacceptable, and I also know that you will stand with Ukraine in this, our moment of trial.

I do not exaggerate: there are but a few moments left to breathe life back into liberty in my country.

Here let me offer you a few very precise actions to help us:

• In the parliamentary elections due to be held on October 28th, flood my country with official observers to watch and shout out at every fraud they may see, but not only on the election day, but already now;

• Before then, call this regime out on how it is already systemically rigging the elections to falsify their results, and because of this already now you can call the elections not fair. The process was distorted so significantly that there is no chance for elections to meet the OSCE/Council of Europe standards;

• Most importantly, it is time to restrict the freedom of those who are killing democracy in my country. Do not let the regime members and cronies travel freely to your countries to disseminate propagandist poison there. Do not let them make corrupt transactions via your countries and start investigating the cases.

Do not let their families indulge in your luxuries with money taken fraudulently from Ukraine’s hard-working people.

Only by denying these freedoms to those who are denying their fellow citizens freedom will the Yanukovych regime begin to realize that there are real consequences to its contempt for law and for Europe.

As you meet in Bucharest, I do not believe that I need to restate the geo-strategic reasons why Ukraine matters to Europe. They are too numerous, and too obvious, to bear repeating. And after all, Kyiv is barely 750 kilometers from here – barely a day’s leisurely driving.

So I only wish to remind you today that liberty is a universal value. When it is killed in one country, it is diminished in all countries; the global world will become more complex should Ukraine’s imprisonment become complete. The world has faith in the future of Europe. You can give them a reason to confirm that faith by doing all you can to preserve European values in Ukraine. For when you stand by us in our hour of need, you are also standing up for yourselves.

My heart and my hope are with you, and I know that our future is also with you.

Thank you for everything…

Yours,
Yulia Tymoshenko

Romanian President Traian Basescu told Eugenia Tymoshenko that is amazed by Yulia Tymoshenko struggle for democracy. “I want to express my sincere solidarity with Yulia Tymoshenko. In democratic countries politicians aren’t persecuted. In democratic countries there are no political prisoners. We condemn this!” he said.

Council of European Parliamentary Assembly President Jean-Claude Mignon also expressed admiration for the courage of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. “I am very happy to welcome you to the EPP Congress. We will always support Yulia Tymoshenko and her struggle for a democratic Ukraine. I admire her courage and willpower,” he said.

Irish Minister for European Affairs and newly elected Vice President of the European People’s Party Lucinda Creighton is calling on the Ukrainian authorities to released Yulia Tymoshenko and other political prisoners.

“Political prisoners in Ukraine should be released immediately! All of us [in the European Union] are unanimous in this,” Lucinda Creighton said today during the European People’s Party Congress in Bucharest, Romania.

The Irish minister also expressed concern over the conduct of the trials involving Yulia Tymoshenko. “We have reports from our numerous observers and they raise concern,” she said.

Lucinda Creighton stressed that the EU is very troubled by the situation in Ukraine. “All the members of the EU have said that freedom of speech and the right to free assembly and a fair trial must be ensured in Ukraine,” she stressed.

Eugenia Tymoshenko also met with ex-European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek, who stressed that the release of Yulia Tymoshenko and other Ukrainian political prisoners is one of the key conditions for the restoration of relations between Ukraine and the EU. “I absolutely support putting pressure and all proposals regarding the immediate release of Yulia Tymoshenko and other political prisoners in Ukraine. This is absolutely necessary if you want to have good, open relations with the EU. We don’t understand why Yulia Tymoshenko was imprisoned,” he stressed.

“We are very concerned that the names of the leaders of the opposition weren’t registered in the candidate lists. This is the worst characteristic for democratic elections in Ukraine,” Jerzy Buzek said.

Eugenia Tymoshenko has also given German Chancellor Angela Merkel a letter from her mother, Yulia Tymoshenko, thanking her for the support given to her by the Germany government and German doctors.

“The Charite doctors saved my mother’s life,” Eugenia Tymoshenko said during a meeting between representatives of the Ukrainian united opposition and Angela Merkel in Bucharest, Romania.

Angela Merkel assured her of her support for Yulia Tymoshenko and readiness to provide assistance.

Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on EU Affairs Gunther Krichbaum supported the position of Chancellor Angela Merkel and said that the German parliament will block the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement if Yulia Tymoshenko is not released. “The association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine will be blocked. I, as the head of the Bundestag committee on European integration, will recommend this as long as the Yulia Tymoshenko case is not closed,” he said after his meeting with Eugenia Tymoshenko.

“For us this case is a symbol of the attitude in Ukraine towards human rights and democracy. You can’t ignore this,” he stressed.

At the meeting with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso Eugenia Tymoshenko informed the president of the European Commission about the state of her mother’s health.

In his turn, Jose Manuel Barroso ask to send his warmest regards to Yulia Tymoshenko. “We think about Yulia Tymoshenko. We will continue to do everything we can to secure her release. We will insist on her full political rehabilitation,” he said.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Michael Hammer said that US concerned about former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who remains in jail.

“We remain concerned that former Prime Minister Tymoshenko remains jailed. She should be freed. These are the kinds of things that don’t lead to a conducive and positive environment for elections. This is an issue that is very primary to U.S. interests, to European interests,” Hammer said in Washington, DC, on October 4.

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An interim report by former European Parliament President Pat Cox and former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski monitoring court proceedings involving former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko was very critical of the Ukrainian authorities’ actions, Yulia Tymoshenko’s daughter Eugenia Tymoshenko has said.

“We know that it was rather critical. There was a lot of criticism there,” she told Interfax-Ukraine.

Eugenia Tymoshenko did not specify the essence of critical remarks in the report, stressing that this was an interim report, not a final one.

Eugenia Tymoshenko told Interfax-Ukraine that she met with Kwasniewski and Cox after the interim report had been heard in Brussels on October 2 and they confirmed their intention to continue their mission after the parliamentary elections.

Husband of the former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Oleksandr Tymoshenko appealed to the to the world’s leading countries to urgently investigate the activities of Yanukovych’s regime. He also called Ukrainians: “Don’t believe a single word from these stupid mob elites in power!”

Statement by Oleksandr Tymoshenko 

The latest statement by Renat Kuzmin regarding Yulia Tymoshenko’s alleged involvement in the murder of four other people clearly demonstrates that Yanukovych’s regime is on the verge of complete insanity.

The government has no arguments in response to the US Senate resolution calling for the immediate release of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and other political prisoners. The whole world no longer believes a single word and promise said by Yanukovych, a person who for more than a year has been suffering from moral, political and physical anguish from the thought that Yulia Tymoshenko will have to be released from prison under the pressure of facts, reactions and strong position of the Ukrainian and global community.

The more than two years that Yanukovych has ruled Ukraine have been worse for the country than the Nazis in WWII – the middle class has been destroyed, the economy has been plundered, tens of billions of dollars have been laundered abroad, they have taken ownership of the most valuable lands and mineral deposits and transformed the people of Ukraine into slaves.

Clearly Yanukovych and his cronies need to somehow cover up and hide this, divert attention to something else. That’s why they keep inventing new cases against Yulia Tymoshenko and other patriots of Ukraine. Yesterday she allegedly was involved in the murder of Shcherban, today it’s four more murders, tomorrow it’ll be Kennedy, and the day after tomorrow the crucifixion of Jesus. After Kuzmin and Khoroshkovsky’s dirty work there may be new charges of attempted murder on the territory of Ukraine and abroad. The insanity is mind-boggling. And such insinuations can be voiced by only one person in the prosecutor’s office – the great “fighter for justice” who always has an idiotic smile and recidivist stubble, the best buddy of the leader of the bandits in the Party of Regions and part-time Prosecutor General of Ukraine – Renat Kuzmin. The logical question follows: can someone who’s always smiling to himself be normal, adequate and healthy? I think the regime repeated allows this strange and inadequate prosecutor to speak on behalf of the PGO in order to avoid serious political problems with the international community. What can you do with a mentally sick person?

Leading Ukrainian and foreign publications said that Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin “behaved like a bandit” at the recent conference in Yalta. “His performance was the best anti-propaganda for the Ukrainian authorities. He looked like a bandit, behaved like a bandit and spoke like a bandit.” This was the reaction of Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics Anders Aslund.

“I have no idea why they sent him here. I didn’t find a single person that he convinced of something,” said former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer.

Everyone has long grown tired of these blatant lies that have been sounding on the government-controlled central TV channels from the president, senior officials at the PGO, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

I want the people of Ukraine to know that the biggest gangsters in Ukraine are Yanukovych and his family – these are criminals, on whose hands is the blood of hundreds of innocent young people killed in Donetsk in the 1990s, buried in mines in Donetsk. After Shcherban’s murder all his wealth went to Yanukovych’s clan. There were murders of political opponents that didn’t let them grasp power. Renat Kuzmin and Viktor Pshonka, who at the time headed the prosecutor’s office in Donetsk, were witnesses and participants in these events.

Question: Why in 21 years of independence were there never any investigations into high-profile murders in Donetsk of ordinary people and serious political opponents of the current criminal regime? Why didn’t the local and regional prosecutor’s office pursue these heinous crimes? Why in all these years were there no serious press conferences by the Donestk oblast prosecutor’s office or official statements by the PGO about heroic investigations and the prosecution of those responsible for these killings? And why now are these valiant fighters and crystal clean prosecutors suddenly remembering the murder of a successful businessman, lawmaker, political and business rival of the previous and current government, Yevhen Shcherban?

Answer. It’s fairly simple and apparent for any citizen of Ukraine, but very difficult for people from civilized countries to understand. The former senior officials in the Donetsk oblast prosecutor’s office, today the heads of the PGO, deliberately, consciously, with permission and blessing from the country’s senior leaders, helped cover up the criminal activities of the current government, in doing so committing serious crimes in office.

We have given competent authorities in the US and Europe materials regarding the involvement of Viktor Yanukovych, Renat Kuzmin and Viktor Pshonka in high-profile killings in Ukraine, as well as massive money laundering and bribery.

Events in Ukraine once again highlight that the regime is on the verge of confrontation with the Ukrainian people. With every day people’s lives are getting worse. Wage arrears are growing – more than 1 billion hryvnias in the industrial sector alone. Who will have a conscience after this?

Seeing the futility of all the cases involving Yulia Tymoshenko, the current government is throwing all its efforts into unprecedented fabrication of Yulia Tymoshenko’s alleged involvement in murder. What will you come up with next? Come on, do it all at once!

I appeal too all people, to Ukrainians – don’t believe a single word from these stupid mob elites in power! It’s all lies. Europe has even stopped reacting to it and looks on with contempt and disgust. Europe and the world is watching this “mistake of nature” called President Yanukovych with disgust. If someone shakes his hand they wash their hands with soap for the next two days.

I appeal to the world’s leading countries to urgently investigate the activities of Yanukovych’s regime. We’ve sent you materials on this. Stop the dictatorship. Free Ukraine of Yanukovych. End the tyranny and abuse. Yanukovych’s fear is only intensifying and the walls of Mezhyhirya can’t help him now.

Oleksandr Tymoshenko
Prague, Czech Republic

Doctors from the Charite Clinic (Berlin) are expected to come to former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Eugenia Tymoshenko has said. “They will definitely arrive next week,” she told Interfax-Ukraine. “Two or three [doctors] will most likely come, including Professor Einhaupl [Charite CEO Karl Max Einhaupl]”, — Tymoshenko said.

Yulia Tymoshenko (the former Prime Minister of Ukraine) is undergoing treatment in Central Clinical Hospital No. 5 in Kharkiv. On October 11, 2011, Pechersky District Court in Kyiv sentenced Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for abuse of office when signing gas contracts with Russia in 2009. She has been serving her prison term in the Kachanivska penal colony in Kharkiv since the end of December 2011.

The defense team has repeatedly stated that Tymoshenko had health problems even during her stay at Kyiv’s pre-trial detention center, and demanded that she be examined by independent doctors, because Tymoshenko does not trust Ukrainian doctors. On May 9, Tymoshenko was moved from the prison to Central Clinical Hospital No. 5 in Kharkiv. The procedures for the ex-premier’s treatment in hospital have been selected by German doctors from the Charite Clinic.

It was expected that Charite doctor Anett Reisshauer will again visit the patient in Kharkiv on October 2, but the visit was postponed.

66th United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sent a letter for jailed Ukrainian ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko

Tymoshenko’s trial (she was charged in May 2011) over abuse of office over a natural gas imports contract signed with Russia in January 2009 started on 24 June 2011 in Kiev.  Also a number of criminal cases were opened against former officials from the second Tymoshenko Government. According to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych those cases were indiscriminately made to fight corruption in Ukraine. Former President Viktor Yushchenko testified against Tymoshenko during the trial; a trial he called “a normal judicial process”.

On the other hand the trial against Tymoshenko has been rated as “selective justice” and “political persecution” in statements by the U.S.A, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain and other European countries; and in statements of the European Union, NATO, the European People’s Party; as well as by human rights organizations: Transparency International,Freedom House, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. US Senate and EU Parliament approved resolutions on Ukraine and called the Ukrainian authorities to release Yulia Tymoshenko.

These days (October 28th) we have parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Pray for Ukraine. We pray for the US nation

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