In the latest blow to rule of law in Ukraine and the country’s chance of signing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, Serhiy Vlasenko, Batkivshchyna MP and defender of imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been stripped of his mandate.
The German Foreign Ministry would seem to have made it clear that Kyiv can forget about the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and free trade if there is no resolution with the Tymoshenko case, including with her defender Serhiy Vlasenko
Yury Yakymenko, Director of Political – Legal Programmes for the Razumkov Centre sees a clear political motive in both the new murder charges against Yulia Tymoshenko and the supposed new evidence against Kuchma over the killing of Georgy Gongadze
In an ominous end to the week which saw assurances given to the EU, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Rybak has initiated an attempt to use the High Administration Court to strip Serhiy Vlasenko of his seat in parliament. Vlasenko is also Yulia Tymoshenko’s defence counsel
During the same event on Wednesday, Aleksander Kwaśniewski expressed surprise that ten months before the Eastern Partnership Summit a new criminal case had been brought against Ms Tymoshenko alleging her involvement in the Shcherban.murder
As EU leaders gave a clear time limit to Kyiv for resolving specific problems, including “cases of selective justice”, the President’s Administration resorted to deception to avoid other issues being raised