Former Soviet political prisoners are meeting in the Crimea on the 68th anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars, at a time when events in post-Soviet republics demand awareness of the danger and readiness to unite under the old banner: “For your freedom and ours!” (Mustafa Dzhemiliev)
Unfortunately nobody, least of all the former Interior Minister and opposition figure, expected a different outcome in this case which has been widely condemned as politically motivated and full of flagrant violations of the right to a fair trial
The hearing is now scheduled to take place during Euro 2012, This also signifcantly reduces the time left for an application to the European Court of Human Rights before the parliamentary elections in October
Former Interior Minister and opposition figure Yury Lutsenko has accused the Prosecutor of pulling his sentence out of thin air. During the hearing on Tuesday he pointed out just some of the features making the charges against him and his "conviction" incomprehensible
However, the bloc’s 27 foreign ministers meeting in Brussels agreed to put on ice talks over Ukraine’s deepening political association and economic integration with the EU. The EU has been critical of Ukraine over the alleged ill-treatment of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko
Mailis Reps and Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin will visit former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Kharkiv on 16 May. They will also talk to the lawyers of the imprisoned former government ministers, Yuriy Lutsenko and Valeriy Ivashchenko.
Oleksandr Bukalov from Donetsk Memorial, an organization particularly active in upholding prisoners’ rights has responded to the Prosecutor General’s recent public statement about the bruises on imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko
Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite was the first President to be allowed to visit imprisoned former Prime Minister and opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko on Friday. After her visit she told journalists that Europe’s trust in Ukraine is diminishing.
Ms Tymoshenko alleges that she was beaten when taken by force to a Kharkiv hospital. A forensic expert on Thursday confirmed that she has two bruises on her body, but was unable as yet to explain their origin.