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 Kyiv’s Independence Square during the peaceful protest by small business owners against the new Tax Code
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 Prosecutor’s Office and Ministry of Internal Affairs
In response to President Yanukovych’s 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
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
In an emergency debate in Canada’s 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
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 Thursday’s visit had been postponed until the conditions were "more conducive to making progress on the bilateral relations".
After this sentence no further confirmation may be needed that President Yanukovych’s 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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. That’s become a tradition”.
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