Ukraine: Timoshenko's opponent began a hunger strike in prison

Ukraine: Timoshenko's opponent began a hunger strike in prison

Kiev : Ukraine | Apr 24, 2012 at 2:22 PM PDT
Views: Pending
Police disperse supporters and opponents of Ukraine's former premier Yulia Tymoshenko during her trial in Kiev

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and opponent said Tuesday it has begun a hunger strike in prison, her lawyer said, quoted by Interfax news agency. She wants to protest against "political repression" in her country. This hunger strike, "unlimited" in the words of her lawyer, was started Friday, April 20, the day of her transfer to hospital for treatment of serious back problems.

Imprisoned since last August, Ms. Timoshenko, 51, was sentenced in October to seven years in prison for abuse of power. It is also considered since April 19 for embezzlement and tax evasion in 1997-1998, when it led the group united energy systems of Ukraine. Offenses liable to twelve years imprisonment. The prosecution also claimed reimbursement from the state of 19.5 million hryvnias, or 1.8 million euros.

The opponent, defeated candidate for president in 2010, denounced these actions as a personal vendetta of the current president, Viktor Yanukovych, who seeks to depart from its main political opponent, muse of the Orange Revolution of 2004. The case Timoshenko has been roundly criticized by the European Union and the United States who see it as politically motivated. This caused an unprecedented crisis in the relations of Kiev with the European Union, which called for the release of former Prime Minister.

1 of 6
Another 1,350 Palestinian prisoners have begun an opened-ended hunger strike in protest
Another 1,350 Palestinian prisoners have begun an opened-ended hunger strike in protest
Nazish Fatima is based in Rāwalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear

News Stories

  • Ukraine's jailed ex-PM on hunger strike

      The Courier-Mail
    S jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko has been on a hunger strike for five days to protest her treatment and demand an end to political repressions, her lawyer said. "Yulia Tymoshenko began a hunger strike on Friday," her lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko said...
  • Ukraine's jailed ex-PM begins hunger strike

      Al Jazeera English
    28 Tymoshenko is imprisoned on power abuse charges which she says are politically motivated [AFP] Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's former prime minister, has gone on a hunger strike, alleging that guards in the jail where she is being held had severely...
  • Jailed Tymoshenko on Hunger Strike

      Epoch Times
    April 24, 2012 Yulia Tymoshenko's lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko speaks to journalists on April 19. On Tuesday, Vlasenko said that Tymoshenko, currently serving seven years for abuse of power, has gone on a hunger strike. (Sergey Bobok /AFP/Getty Images)...
  • Ukraine's Tymoshenko on hunger strike

      United Press International
    Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko announced from prison that she's staging a hunger strike to protest her treatment, her lawyer said. Tymoshenko is serving a seven-year prison sentence following a conviction on charges she abused her...
  • Tymoshenko Goes on Hunger Strike in Ukrainian Jail

    Photo by RIA Novosti Jailed Ukrainian ex Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has declared a hunger strike in order, in her words, to draw global attention to rule of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych . She stressed her hunger...
  • Ukraine ex-PM beaten in jail, on hunger strike

      Time of India
    Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has gone on hunger strike in prison after guards dragged her off her bed and punched her in the stomach, her lawyer said on Tuesday...Tymoshenko, the main opponent of President Viktor Yanukovich , is...





More From Allvoices

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.