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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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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 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.”

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says he is concerned by the situation in Ukraine and the continued political repression of government opponents:

“Just saw Eugenia Tymoshenko together with Gunilla Carlsson [Minister for International Development Cooperation] discussing the worrying situation in Ukraine”

In the same time Yulia Tymoshenko has requested permission from the administration of the Kachanivska prison for a short meeting with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, First Deputy Head of Batkivshchyna Oleksandr Turchynov and Arseniy Yatseniuk.
Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko also has requested permission from the Kachanivska prison administration to speak with representatives of the media:
“I learned from my counsel on September 11 that a number of domestic and international media want to meet and conduct interviews with me. As noted in the State Penitentiary Service’s press release, any media can conduct an interview with anyone in the prison system if this person gives written consent. I hereby give my written consent for the media to conduct interviews with me”



Lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko released a letter today that was written by Yulia Tymoshenko’s cellmate in the Kachanivska prison, Yulia Abaplova, back in March 2012 about the pressure put on her by prison authorities to discredit the ex-premier of Ukraine: “This document was written on 25 March 2012 by Yulia Apablova herself, and I quote: to protect me and Yulia Tymoshenko”