Tymoshenko defense


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The daughter of jailed former Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko urged Western nations Thursday to impose sanctions on officials involved in her mother’s imprisonment.

Tymoshenko, the country’s top opposition leader, is serving a seven-year prison sentence on charges of abuse of office after a trial that was condemned by the West as politically motivated and which strained Ukraine’s ties to Europe and the United States. Tymoshenko denies the charges and accuses President Viktor Yanukovych, her longtime foe, of orchestrating the trial to bar her from politics.

With Tymoshenko in jail, Ukraine’s fragmented opposition forces were unable to muster a majority in parliament following an election in October, and Yanukovych’s allies again control the legislature and the government.

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In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Tymoshenko’s daughter Eugenia, 32, said prosecutors and judges involved in her mother’s case should face Western sanctions such as travel bans and freezes on bank accounts.

“We understand that we cannot do it by ourselves inside Ukraine and that is why we need great international support, but also (an) understanding of our international friends that Yanukovych will not just voluntarily give up his power,” Eugenia Tymoshenko said in her mother’s office in central Kiev. “People like judges, like prosecutors … they have to be put forward for sanctions. Those are the main executors of repression. Of course, there are people behind them who are in the ruling party, but it could be the first step.”

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Defense team of Yulia Tymoshenko are waiting for European court of human rights decision. Eugenia Tymoshenko told that decision of European court of human rights is expected to be similar to the decision in the case of Yuriy Lutsenko which normally specifies that the Lutsenko has to be placed into the same circumstances as he had when his rights were breached.

“This means that Lutsenko and my mum – if her ruling is the same – should be free people,” she says. “This gives real basis for the Council of Europe to demand the immediate release of my mother and Mr. Lutsenko.”

Eugenia understands that ukrainian goverment can try to ignore this decision like the ukrainian authorities do with similar decision in case of Lutsenko. He was awarded 15,000 euros in compensation but the government, however, has failed to act on this ruling: “It can lead to the point when the Cabinet of Ministers of the Council of Europe will have to specify how this decision must be fulfilled in Ukraine,” said Eugenia.

But she hopes it’s possible that with pressure from the West, her mother will walk free.

It should be noted that the European court of human rights may order the goverment to release Yulia Tymoshenko and other political prisoners in Ukraine.

In May 2011, Eynulla Fatullayev, a well-known investigative journalist and editor in chief of two of Azerbaijan’s most popular independent newspapers, was pardoned and released from prison after serving four years on charges of defamation, terrorism, tax evasion, and drug possession. His case had received widespread international attention. Fatullayev had been reporting on the government’s failure to solve the 2005 murder of his colleague at the Monitor, Elmar Huseynov, when he was arrested and found guilty of threatening terrorism and inciting ethnic hatred. He was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison. In July 2010, Fatullayev was sentenced to another two and a half years behind bars on the spurious charge of drug possession inside prison. The European Court of Human Rights ordered the government to release him. He was freed a year later

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Mr. Arch Puddington is responsible for the publication of Freedom in the World and other research publications, and for the development of new research and advocacy programs. He is vice president for research at Freedom House.

Mr. Arch wrote an article about Skadden report on the Tymoshenko case in Freedom House blog. Recently I noted that Yanukovych’s regime tries to threaten to the U.S. goverment. So, now we have the expert’s conclusion.

Vice president Arch Puddington criticised american lawers of Skadden firm because of disregard the political aspects of the case:

American lawyers have often played an admirable role in assisting new democracies as they overhaul their legal systems. By giving even a qualified stamp of approval to the courtroom technicalities of a case whose overarching objective smells strongly of political revenge, Skadden Arps has made a regrettable departure from this praiseworthy tradition

He was surprized at the poverty of arguments of Skadden’s leading member Gregory Craig, who was White House counsel in the Obama administration. Mr. Arch rebuked to Gregory Craig who leaves “to others the question of whether this prosecution of Tymoshenko was politically motivated”:

“Others” have reached the conclusion that the prosecutions of Tymoshenko and her fellow Orange leaders were politically driven. Perhaps the best example is a report issued after the recent Ukrainian parliamentary elections by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). In a sharply worded critique of the elections, the ODIHR pointed first and foremost to the fact that Tymoshenko and another Orange figure, Yuriy Lutsenko, had been imprisoned and could not play a leadership role in the opposition campaign. Furthermore, additional cases have been brought against Tymoshenko, including one implicating her in murder. As matters now stand, Yanukovych seems resolute in arranging things so that his nemesis will spend the rest of her life behind bars

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Eugenia Tymoshenko, daughter of unjustly imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, says the EU Council’s conclusions on Ukraine adopted December 10 by the meeting of EU foreign ministers sets out clear conditions for the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

“My mother’s position hasn’t changed: the association agreement should be signed, and it will be signed, the only question is when. The answer to this question was outlined by the European politicians in the conditions put forward in the resolutions and the conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council, and also the declaration of the EPP. Now this has created a platform for the Ukrainian state, for official Kyiv, for the president, on how to proceed under these conditions,” Eugenia Tymoshenko said in Brussels, Belgium at the European People’s Party Summit.

She also concluded that EPP’s summit is the event on which Tymoshenko has got help of her european friends.

Eugenia Tymoshenko gave the interview for Krzysztof Nechypor.

At first, Mr. Nechypor asked her (as he said) a provocative question if Eugenia believes that Poland is the advocate of Ukraine in Europe and isn’t good  advocate of Yulia Tymoshenko at the same time?

Yulia Tymoshenko’s daughter told: “I believe that the support of Poland always was very necessary for us and it came at the right time. Today we need the support of the Polish elite and Polish political leaders more than ever before. That’s why I would like to thank former President Aleksander Kwasniewski. He takes part in the mission of the European Parliament, fighting for the freedom of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko. Ex-President of the EP Pat Cox and Alexander Kwasniewski are doing everything possible to enable the prisoners were released and rehabilitated politically.” She also added about last discussion about conditions by which European politicians try push to have signed an association agreement: “The position of my mother and the whole of the United Opposition remains unchanged. This agreement must be signed. My mother in 2008, when she was prime minister, has taken the first steps to sign an association agreement for free trade zone. I think that the discussion of this topic should be continued, and as a result the agreement will be signed. Of course, we all know that there are political obstacles. I would like to quote my mother, who said that it is very easy to work together to put up flags of the European Union at the main square of Kiyv, but it will not lead to destroying of the current dictatorship in Ukraine”

The second question was about the political activity of Eugenia.

But she denied any political ambition. She said that she cares to show her mother’s position in the ukrainian democratic forces. As a sitizen of Ukraine Eugenia understands her mother’s release, reabilitation and political activity will help to normalize ukrainian democracy.

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At least Krzysztof Nechypor asked about fighting.

Eugenia told that situation is difficult and the ukrainian authorities  themselves blame if the possible sanctions will be applied to them. She also noticed that her own efforts can be more effective: “I think that it is necessary to use all the opportunities in Ukraine. People must unify to protest against the government’s actions and seek the release of my mother, Yuri Lutsenko and other prisoners.”

Tochter warnt vor Vernichtung von Julia Timoschenko

On December 6-7, Eugenia Tymoshenko, daughter of imprisoned former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, participates in the Polish-German-Ukrainian forum “Ukraine after the 2012 Parliamentary Elections” (Warsaw, Poland). She said a few words for polish radio about problems that she tries to solve:

One is, of course, to get European court of human rights decision on the release of our loved ones. The second one is to get help from the democratic world to stop authoritarian regime been built in Ukraine. And third, logical, is to lobby for application of restrictive measures to those high officials who are dealing in corruption and who are causing these repressions

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Later Eugenia Tymoshenko, in her speech on forum, urged leaders and representatives of civil society in the European Union to help Ukraine in the fight against the authoritarian regime

All of us in Ukraine every day need real freedom, real democracy, real European values and really honest elections! We need conditions for constructing European living standards! We need for a government that genuinely seeks to build a country! So we ask you, the influential European leaders, politicians and journalists, help us, Ukrainian, get rid of the authoritarian regime and not legalize it.

According to her democracy in Ukraine in danger. Everyone can see the phenomenon of “corruption family”, pressure on independent media, persecution of journalists and the imprisonment of oppositions leader to isolate them from participation in key political events and the ruling party to remain in power

Eugenia Tymoshenko talked about fighting for reform and democracy, despite physical danger on CNN channel. She said that the parliamentary elections in Ukraine, which took place on the 28-th of october, weren’t fair.

She also told that the ukrainian authorities wanted to take the constitutional majority in new parliament, but it seems pressure of democratic world community made such plans impossible. She also answered about her mother’s fate. Eugenia said: “We believe my mother will be free in several months. Also after the European court of human rights carries out of decision. We hope the justice will be restored and my mother and others will be free”

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