Free Yulia

On monday world’s media were overcrowded with Renat Kuzmin’s proclamation to U.S. President Barak Obama. Ukrainian First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin’s 5-year multiple entry U.S. visa had been revoked and he hastened to accuse former U.S. Congressman Jim Slattery in using personal relationships with the head of the U.S. State Department, Mrs. Hillary Clinton to lobby Tymoshenko’s interests in the U.S. Congress and before the State Department. But the U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said that Renat Kuzmin did not meet the criteria for the Immigration and Nationalization Act, which guides when U.S. can issue visas: “Our efforts to date with the Government of Ukraine have been to use our diplomatic engagement with them to urge them to change course, to stop political prosecutions, to release former Prime Minister Tymoshenko, and to better protect the democratic reputation of Ukraine, if you will. So that’s the policy that we are following at the moment. Obviously, the kind of measures that you’re proposing are possible, but that’s not where we are right now”.

However, it looks like the Ukrainian authorities ignored the response of the U.S. goverment. On Friday they didn’t allow Tymoshenko’s lawer Sergiy Vlasenko to go on session of European court of human rights and in doing in this way they continued to accuse the U.S. goverment. The application of such measure actually now is a sign of bad taste in international relations even if the ukrainian authorities has a foundation for Vlasenko’s restrictions in movement.

Maybe this occasion isn’t significant. But the ukrainian goverment is based on powerful financial clans. They have enough strength to engage big U.S. firms to investigate criminal cases in Ukraine. On Thursday in a report commissioned by the government of Ukraine, a team of American lawyers has concluded that important legal rights of the jailed former prime minister, Yulia V. Tymoshenko, were violated during her trial last year on charges of abusing her official power, and that she was wrongly imprisoned even before her conviction and sentencing.

The lawyers, led by President Obama’s former White House counsel, Gregory B. Craig, concluded that Ms. Tymoshenko was denied legal counsel at “critical stages” of her trial and that at other times her lawyers were wrongly barred from calling relevant witnesses.

But these lawers also concluded absence of political motivations in “gas case” against Tymoshenko. So the U.S. goverment obtained the opponent inside the U.S. At the December 13 press briefing in Washington, DC Spokesperson of State department Victoria Nuland has said: “By confining themselves to simply looking at the paper trial records and ignoring the larger political context in which the trial took place, our concern is that Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom lawyers were obviously not going to find political motivation if they weren’t looking for it.” Victoria Nuland stressed that the U.S. administration’s position on selective prosecutions in Ukraine remains unchanged: “Whoever commissioned this study, whatever the mandate for the study was, it was incomplete and doesn’t give an accurate picture.”

So, it’s possible that U.S. authorities will must to apply visa sanctions or to freeze the accounts of the ukrainian officials for the security of the U.S.

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