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Prosecutor General reopens criminal investigation against Yulia Tymoshenko

The Prosecutor General, Viktor Pshonka announced on Monday that the decision to terminate a criminal investigation against Yulia Tymoshenko in 2005 had been revoked

Tax Code Protest Activist remains in custody

There were protests on Sunday outside the Kyiv police temporary holding unit where Vitaly Gruzynov has been held for four days without a court order. He is one of 7 activists accused of damaging the granite stone on Kyivs Independence Square during the peaceful protest by small business owners against the new Tax Code

Lutsenko trial: Judge refuses to examine serious allegations of pressure on witnesses

Judge Serhiy Vovk marked Yury Lutsenko s 300th day in custody on highly dubious grounds with refusal to even consider serious allegations of pressure brought to bear on witnesses by the Prosecutors Office and Ministry of Internal Affairs

Statement on Ukraines European Integration

A number of NGOs have signed a letter calling on the President to be coherent in the official Kyiv argumentations concerning Ukraines European integration course

Signal to Society

21.10.11 | Halya Coynash | www.pravda.com.ua
In response to President Yanukovychs statement that releasing Tymoshenko would give the wrong signal to society, some thoughts on the signals given society by the carefully orchestrated trial, verdict and new criminal prosecution of the former Prime Minister and opposition leader

Lawyers say Tymoshenkos appeal ready

21.10.11 | www.bbc.co.uk
They assert that the case against the former Prime Minister was not examined by the court but decided in the office of the President who totally controls the judicial system

Home of another former Minister in Yulia Tymoshenkos government searched

21.10.11 | news.liga.net
On Thursday the police searched the flat of former Minister of the Coal Industry in Yulia Tymoshenkos government, Viktor Poltavets. This was, apparently, "in connection with a criminal investigation"

Prosecutor General on the reanimated criminal investigations against Tymoshenko

20.10.11 | news.liga.net
Viktor Pshonka said on Wednesday that they plan to get assessments of the grounds for closing criminal files, and for the decisions of the then Prosecutor General and even the courts which also ruled that investigations should be terminated

Canadas Parliament condemns politically motivated selective justice in Tymoshenko sentence

20.10.11 | www.ucc.ca
In an emergency debate in Canadas Parliament on the decline in the state of democracy in Ukraine all political parties unanimously condemned the politically motivated selective justice and sentencing in the case of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko

BBC: EU delays Ukraines leader visit over Tymoshenko trial

19.10.11 | www.bbc.co.uk
The European Union has delayed a visit by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to Brussels over the jailing of his main political rival last week. Brussels said Thursdays visit had been postponed until the conditions were "more conducive to making progress on the bilateral relations".

State TV ignores international criticism of Tymoshenko verdict

18.10.11 | Halya Coynash | www.kyivpost.com
After this sentence no further confirmation may be needed that President Yanukovychs words about non-interference in judicial matters are empty and the charges of selective justice and politically-motivated prosecution well-founded. However EU and other organizations would be well-advised to scrutinize coverage of the events on Ukrainian television when assessing their next moves.

Prime ministers in the dock

18.10.11 | Arch Puddington | blog.freedomhouse.org
In punishing Tymoshenko, the Yanukovych administration has joined a growing list of governments that are using the criminal justice system to punish former leaders, the author, a researcher for Freedom House, writes

Memorial: On the Sentencing of Yulia Tymoshenko

The Internal Memorial Society has issued a statement protesting against the use of court mechanisms for political purposes and calling for the sentence to be revoked and Yulia Tymoshenko released

Unlike members of the opposition Roman Landik at liberty to wander

On Friday Luhansk human rights activist Konstantin Reutsky passed very close by Roman Landik. He knows the former member of the Luhansk City Council, son of a Party of the Regions MP and, at least officially, remand prisoner facing charges of assault and is 99% certain that it was Landik.

EU views new criminal case against Tymoshenko as further persecution

17.10.11 | www.unian.net
The EU has noted the new criminal investigation initiated against former Prime Minister and opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, Maja Kocijanicic, Spokesperson for the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has stated

Bundestag Members slam show trial of Tymoshenko and new charges

At a press conference in Kharkiv on Saturday, Bundestag Member, Viola von Cramon suggested that Ukraine could be stripped of the right to hold Euro 2012 because of the prosecution of opposition figures, and that the EU could also refuse to sign an EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

New Criminal Investigation against Tymoshenko for Foreign Consumption

15.10.11 | www.bbc.co.uk
There is widespread scepticism as well as concern over the latest criminal investigation launched by the Security Service against former Prime Minister and opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, coming as it does in the wake of international outrage over the 7-year prison sentence issued on 11 October

US Judge: In the USA the Tymoshenko case would not have reached court

Bohdan Futey, Judge of the US Federal Claims Court considers the trial of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to have been in breach of the principles of the rule of law

Lutsenko trial: Yet another witness dissociates himself from testimony to the Prosecutor

15.10.11 | news.liga.net
Serhiy Momot, among other things, denied having said that there had been a purge of staff at the Ministry. He had said only that there was a change of heads of departments and heads of regional divisions. With each new Minister there are changes in management. Thats become a tradition.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs on the Situation in Ukraine

15.10.11 | europa.eu
Catherine Ashton reiterated condemnation of the verdict against Yulia Tymoshenko, though saying that for the moment the offer of concluding an Association Agreement with Ukraine should remain on the table, mentioning that this is what Ms Tymoshenko herself has called for