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.


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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EPP summit

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.


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


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”


Daughter of  jailed ukrainian ex-PM talked about parliamentary elections in Ukraine on Channel 4. She told that opposition wants “to make sure that justice is served for candidates who stood from the opposition. But their victories have been stolen.” Eugenia Tymoshenko said that the undemocratic character of the election campaign was marked in reports of international observer missions.

The announcer asks if Eugenia believe that anything could be addressed to President
in terms of her concerns. Eugenia said that any kind of signal, which was send to Yanukovych’s regime for last two years, wasn’t heard. She told that Yulia Tymoshenko “will go on the hunger strike till the justice is found and true elections results is voiced by the central election comission”.

The announcer inquired to Eugenia: “There are lots of ukrainians as well who say that your mother and her acolytes have made many mistakes and have been guilty of wrongdoing as well. Do you accept? Wrongdoing is been by your sight”

Eugenia recalled about  european gas crisis in 2009. She told “this political decision (that she made that she negotiated that stopped european gas crisis that poured gas back into ukrainian homes, into european homes) have been criminalized according to the old stalinist laws that are used and been abused by the regime in our very-very much dependent judiciary system. Prosecutor works together with judges to accuse her of something she hasn’t even done.” She added about accusations in corruption: “There’s an old one. There is no one word of corruption, of private gain in her accusation in the witnesses statements. And that’s exactly what Yanukovych spend millions and months to researching her activity as prime minister. They never found the one penny of corruption”