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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Ukraine: Significant changes in Yulia Tymoshenko’s case signalize about her possible release

Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister and
prominent oppositional leader
(Image: Profi-Forex News)
On 4 October 2013 significant changes happened in the case of Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister accused for her gas deals with Russia and being currently held in prison.

Many politicians and analysts especially in the Western world including EU consider this case being politically motivated as Yulia Tymoshenko is a charismatic and strong oppositional leader and could be a strong rival of the current President Victor Yanukovich in the upcoming parliamentary elections expected to be held in 2015.

It’s worth mentioning that the Tymoshenko case is among the main obstacles on the path of Ukraine to the signing of the Association Agreement with EU in November 2013 and on the next developing of the relations between Ukraine and European Union. The imprisonment of Mrs. Tymoshenko along with some other influential oppositional leaders, like recently released by the President’s order Yury Lutsenko, ex-Minister of Interior, is considered being a sign of the selective justice in Ukraine and the politically motivated cases what is totally unacceptable for the European community. The reforms of the judicial system are among the key demands of the EU representatives for Ukraine as a part of the cooperation and preparing for the possible signing of the Association Agreement.

The talks regarding release of Mrs. Tymoshenko have been held during more than year, since 2012, when Aleksander Kwaśniewski and Pat Cox, representatives of the EU commission responsible for the European integration of Ukraine, arrived in the country to express the position of the European community on this case and to discuss the possible ways to resolve this crisis.

In addition to that there have been also recommendations to send ex-Prime Minister abroad for the medical treatment which is urgently needed and cannot be provided for Mrs. Tymoshenko in Ukraine. European politicians have shared the ways and the possible legal solutions of this situation allowing the imprisoned politician to be sent for the medical treatment to Europe.

As for the judicial side of the question, the majority of the local and international political analysts and also some politicians and activists are sure the decision to release Yulia Tymoshenko depends totally on Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich, as the judicial mechanisms for this exist. Thus, Ukrainian oppositional politician Yury Lutsenko, recently released by the Yanukovich’s decree, stated that Yulia Tymoshenko could be possibly released in the same way, and only the decision of Victor Yanukovich and his signature are needed for it to be done. Mr. Lutsenko also thinks that Mrs. Tymoshenko should be released by the President’s decree soon, because this is in the interest of the country and the President as well, as the imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko is one of the main obstacles for the European integration of Ukraine.

On 4 October Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich has signed a decree dismissing the first prosecutor general deputy Renat Kuzmin, who was actually the main accuser of Yulia Tymoshenko in the gas case.

At the same time EU representatives declared about their willingness to offer Yulia Tymoshenko medical treatment in Europe. Germany stressed that they are ready to receive Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister for the treatment, and Yulia Tymoshenko has reportedly accepted this proposal and is ready to go to Europe for the treatment. European representatives have already started the talks with Ukrainian authorities regarding the details and conditions of the treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko.

In addition to that EU official representatives responsible for the European integration talks with Ukraine have sent the petition about the release of Yulia Tymoshenko to Ukrainian authorities.
These are significant changes in Ukrainian politics and on the path of Ukraine to the signing of the Association Agreement with EU and further cooperation. The chances of Yulia Tymoshenko to be released are high, according to the experts, and there are also several legal programs and ways of her release and further rehabilitation.

Yulia Tymoshenko’s lawyer Sergey Vlasenko has stated in his turn that Mrs. Tymoshenko accepted the proposal of the medical treatment in Germany, but she will not stay in Europe and will continue to demand her full release and rehabilitation.

Several political analysts and politicians as well even assure that in this case Yulia Tymoshenko could even possible participate in the upcoming presidential elections in 2015 and become a serious oppositional candidate.