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Central Election Commission to decide on Tymoshenko, Lutsenko's participation in election

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July 30, 2012, 5:07 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Central Election Commission (CEC) has refused to comment on the inclusion of the convicted former prime minister and former interior minister, Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko, on the party ticket of the Batkivschyna United Opposition.
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The Central Election Commission (CEC) has refused to comment on the inclusion of the convicted former prime minister and former interior minister, Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko, on the party ticket of the Batkivschyna United Opposition.

"This information is unofficial, the CEC hasn't received any documents yet. After we get the documents we will study the situation and then make a decision in line with the requirements of the law," deputy chairman of the Central Election Commission Andriy Mahera told Interfax-Ukraine.

As reported, the Batkivschyna Party's congress decided on Monday that Ukraine's ex-premier and the party's leader Yulia Tymoshenko, who is serving a prison sentence for exceeding her authority in signing the 2009 gas contracts with Russia, would head the party ticket of the Batkivschyna United Opposition.

Second on the party ticket is the head of the United Opposition Council, Arseniy Yatseniuk, Civil Position Party leader Anatoliy Hrytsenko is third, head of the central campaign headquarters of the United Opposition Oleksandr Turchynov is fourth, and ex-interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko is fifth.

On Oct. 11, 2011, the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv sentenced Tymoshenko to seven years of imprisonment for exceeding her authority when signing gas contracts with Russia in 2009. She has been serving her sentence at the Kachanivska correctional facility in Kharkiv since late December 2011.

On Feb. 27, 2012, the same court found Lutsenko guilty of malfeasance and sentenced him to four years of imprisonment. Lutsenko was arrested on Dec. 26, 2010.

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cedrik July 30, 2012, 5:41 p.m.    

This will be an interesting case. Both she and he are banned from political operations because of their as yet to be overturned convictions and additional ongoing trials.

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carl July 30, 2012, 5:49 p.m.    

Agreed. Cedrik i am inclined to believe letting these thugs stand for election may benefit Regions.

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Roman Dawydiak July 31, 2012, 5:06 a.m.    

This blanket statement is incorrect. The European Court of Human Rights have already overturned the initial conviction of Yuriy Lutsenko and have fined Ukrainian authorities 15,000 Euros on top of that. . Furthermore, the Prosecutor General's Office have already confirmed that they would abide by any ruling of the ECHR. As for Yulia Tymoshenko, her initial conviction will be re-evaluated by the ECHR on August 28/2012. A decision will be pronounced on that same day.

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from eu July 30, 2012, 6:13 p.m.    

go julia, you are the only real man in the ukrainian politics,janu and friends are inly putin puppets,are not working for ukraine but only for their pockets

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Janice Nielsen July 30, 2012, 6:38 p.m.    

LOL only man???? She's just as big a criminal as the rest of them

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cedrik July 30, 2012, 7:40 p.m.    

If not bigger.

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freedom..... July 31, 2012, 7:52 a.m.    

Yanuk was proven to rig elections in 04, by an honest court.
Julia has not been found guilty. She has been found guilty under a stalin show trial, with the verdict written by yanuk.
They may all be criminals......but Julia has 'not yet' been found guilty by a 'just court system'
See the difference!!

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freedom..... July 31, 2012, 8 a.m.    

Yanuk was proven to rig elections in 04, by an honest court.
Julia has not been found guilty. She has been found guilty under a stalin show trial, with the verdict written by yanuk.
They may all be criminals......but Julia has 'not yet' been found guilty by a 'just court system'
See the difference!!

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AL BALA July 30, 2012, 9:49 p.m.    

Klitschko said that in many areas, regions of Ukraine, his party "completely blocked from outdoor advertising."

http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2012/07/30/6969844/

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AL BALA July 30, 2012, 9:57 p.m.    

Azarov son goes to parliament

http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2012/07/30/6969851/

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AL BALA July 31, 2012, 1:18 a.m.    

The police beat a lawyer of the detained at the Congress "Regions"

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after which two police officers, holding his hair began to strike, particularly in the temple and tried to put handcuffs, beat his head against a pillar, "- said the lawyer.

http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2012/07/30/6969856/

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