Why only target an opposition MP?
The attempts to strip Serhiy Vlasenko, opposition MP and Tymoshenko’s defender of his mandate are especially worrying given criminal investigations initiated against him in January this year
Criminal case against Danylyshyn terminated
The criminal investigation against Bohdan Danylyshyn, Economy Minister in Yulia Tymoshenko’s Government has been terminated, almost 2 years after he was granted political asylum in the Czech Republic
Attempt to deprive opposition MP representing Tymoshenko of his mandate
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
Conflicting assessments of Tymoshenko’s state of health
German doctors from the Charite Clinic in Berlin have examined imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and “strongly advise her to continue treatment in hospital conditions
Kwaśniewski – Cox Commission call for Lutsenko to be pardoned
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
Muffled even in Brussels
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
Ivashchenko: I know how a repressive machine can destroy health, then life itself
In this interview, Valery Ivashchenko refutes the Ukrainian Foreign Minister’s claim that he didn’t receive political asylum in Denmark and says that he was effectively offered freedom if he or his relatives would testify against Tymoshenko
Tymoshenko vs. Dead Souls and Dodgy Witnesses
Last week’s interrogation of “witnesses” did not just confirm all scepticism over Prosecutor General Pshonkas’ public claim to have evidence that imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko ordered the killing of MP and Donetsk businessman Eugene Shcherban in 1996. It also graphically highlighted the embarrassingly caricature nature of the whole exercise
Lutsenko refused release on health grounds
Ukraine’s leaders have little time left to put aside the selective justice which has led to the imprisonment of the most prominent opposition figures in the country and seriously marred Ukraine’s reputation. The refusal to release Lutsenko is clearly a bad sign.
Criminal investigation against MPs protesting Tymoshenko murder charges
MPs from the Batkivshchyna Party have had a criminal case initiated over alleged resistance shown to law enforcement officers in the Kyiv Court of Appeal
OPORA: Former parliamentary candidates are leaving the country
Viktor Romanyuk who recently stood for election to parliament from the opposition Batkivshchyna Party in the problematical single-mandate electoral district No. 94, has been forced to leave Ukraine
Tymoshenko fined for “contempt of court”
In yet another worrying development, the mprisoned former Prime Minister has been fined $2 thousand over her refusal to appear in court for investigative activities linked with the criminal investigation into the murder of MP and businessman Eugene Shcherban in 1996.
Ivashchenko granted political asylum in Denmark
The Danish Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Denmark has granted the former Acting Minister of Defence in Yulia Tymoshenko’s government, Valery Ivashchenko political asylum.
Opposition MP Avakov’s businesses once again targeted
Channel ATN reports that on Tuesday, Kharkiv enforcement officers travelled around “reception offices” of the Batkivshchyna MP Arsen Aavakov, trying to carry out searches.
Calls for Lutsenko’s release on health grounds
Former Interior Minister and opposition leader Yury Lutsenko’s lawyers are planning to call for his release on the grounds of health. Human rights activists and political analysts say that this would have a positive impact on relations between Ukraine and the EU.
Grybauskaite: Association Agreement linked with Tymoshenko and Lutsenko
At a joint press conference with Viktor Yanukovych, Lithuania’s President Grybauskaite: stated clearly that the EU-Ukraine Agreement is linked with politically motivated prosecution of opposition leaders, and that the situation must be resolved
Füle: Bans on Ukrainian officials not discussed
Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy also noted the EU’s frustration over the lack of positive movement from Kyiv regarding politically motivated justice
Kwaśniewski - Cox Mission: More questions than answers
Observers in Ukraine and at least one MEP, Rebekka Harms, do not see the visit by European Parliament’s Delegation to Ukraine as having in any way brought resolution of the problem with political prisoners.closer.
Lutsenko calls for Association Agreement to be signed
On Monday the heads of the European Parliament’s Special Commission – former Polish President Kwaśniewski and former EP President Cox – visited imprisoned former Interior Minister and opposition leader Yury Lutsenko in the Mensk Prison Colony