The martyrdom of Yulia Tymoshenko

Why did Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych act the way he did during her case? Trade tricks are surely at play.

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Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in jail earlier this week.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Thursday, 10/13/2011 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 11/27/2013 11:16 am EST

There are three obvious explanations for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s behaviour in the case of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who has just been sentenced to seven years in prison and a $186 million fine for a decision she made while in office that would never end up in court in a normal democratic country. None of the three reflect well on Yanukovych.

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