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Ukraine’s Parliament Rejects Amendments; Tymoshenko to Remain in Prison

Posted November 15th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s parliament has rejected proposed amendments that could have downgraded abuse-of-power charges against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to a misdemeanor, allowing her to be freed from prison. Last month, the opposition leader was sentenced to seven years in prison for exceeding her power as prime minister when she signed a 2009 gas deal with […]

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Ukraine Charges Jailed Ex-Prime Minister Tymoshenko with Tax Evasion

Posted November 11th, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Ukraine has charged former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko with embezzlement, theft and tax evasion, in the latest round of legal assaults against the jailed opposition leader. Ukraine’s State Tax Administration said Friday that Tymoshenko failed to pay nearly $6 million in taxes when she headed a Ukrainian energy company in the 1990s. It also said […]

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Ukraine Opposition Leader Tymoshenko Faces Revived Charges

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office has reopened a criminal case against opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, charging her with embezzlement of state funds and tax evasion. Ms. Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison earlier this month for exceeding her powers as prime minister when she signed a 2009 gas deal […]

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EU Cancels Meeting with Ukranian President

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union has postponed a meeting planned this week with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych because of concerns over judicial standards following the jailing of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. A spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Tuesday that the meeting is “postponed to a later occasion when the conditions will […]

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Ukraine’s Security Service Files New Charges Against Tymoshenko

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s state security service has filed new corruption charges against jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, accusing her of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars in government funds. The SBU security agency said Thursday Ms. Tymoshenko is suspected of misusing the government budget while serving as prime minister to pay off a $405-million debt owed […]

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Ukraine’s Tymoshenko to Appeal Seven-Year Jail Sentence

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Lawyers for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko have announced plans to appeal her seven-year jail sentence. Ms. Tymoshenko was convicted by a Kyiv court Tuesday of abuse of power in a gas deal she brokered with Russia in 2009 that led to a nearly $200 million budget loss for Ukraine. The former prime minister […]

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US Denounces Ukraine’s Sentencing of Tymoshenko as ‘Politically Motivated’

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is “deeply disappointed” in the conviction and sentencing of Ukraine’s former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on charges of abuse of office, calling the case “politically motivated.” In a statement Tuesday, the White House said Ms. Tymoshenko’s trial has raised concerns about Kyiv’s commitment to democracy and rule of law, and […]

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Moscow Calls Ukraine’s Sentencing of Tymoshenko ‘Anti-Russian’

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Russia has criticized Ukraine for sentencing former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for abusing power in relation to a gas deal she brokered between the two neighbors in 2009. In a ruling Tuesday, Ukrainian Judge Rodion Kireyev said Ms. Tymoshenko, now an opposition leader, exceeded her authority in signing the gas […]

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Tymoshenko’s Jail Term Latest Setback in a Volatile Political Career

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Ukrainian court’s sentencing of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for abuse of office on Tuesday is the latest setback to the volatile career of the country’s most prominent female politician. Born in 1960 in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk, Ms. Tymoshenko entered the public spotlight in the mid-1990s as […]

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Moscow Calls Ukraine’s Sentencing of Tymoshenko ‘Anti-Russian’

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Russia has criticized Ukraine for sentencing former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for abusing power in relation to a gas deal she brokered between the two neighbors in 2009. In a ruling Tuesday, Ukrainian Judge Rodion Kireyev said Ms. Tymoshenko, now an opposition leader, exceeded her authority in signing the gas […]

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