Former Ukrainian PM Tymoshenko Accused of Treason
Tymoshenko, the country’s opposition leader, has been serving a seven year prison sentence since October after she was found guilty of abusing her office in the 2009 gas deal with
American and European politicians have condemned the sentence as unfair and politically motivated.
The deal, negotiated after
Viktor Yanukovych, who narrowly defeated Tymoshenko in the 2010 elections, urged the parliament, which he controls, to approve the findings of a legislative investigation that determined that Tymoshenko’s actions “bear signs of high treason.”
“These circumstances, without a doubt, testify to a conflict of interests and significantly influenced the decision of the prime minister of
Tymoshenko’s aides have denounced the decision as politically motivated. Her lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko maintains that Tymoshenko only agreed to the gas price hike in order to end a standstill over gas prices that extended throughout
Tuesday’s vote comes after
Tymoshenko and her supporters maintain that all the charges are an attempt to prevent her from participating in the parliamentary elections set for the fall.
Prior to entering politics Tymoshenko was an economist and academic, whose work in the energy sector made her one of the former Soviet country’s richest citizens. She was one of the leaders of