Criminal proceedings keep Tymoshenko from European People's Party summit

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Dec. 16, 2010, 11:08 a.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
A human rights activist, former rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for Ukraine (1995-2007) Hanne Severinsen has urged the Ukrainian authorities to stop intimidating its political rivals. Severinsen said this in a letter sent to the Ukrayinska Pravda Internet Publication on Wednesday.

"I was very disappointed to learn that the Ukrainian government has brought criminal charges against opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and that Tymoshenko was asked not to leave Kyiv on the eve of the summit of the European People's Party in Brussels," Severinsen said in her letter.

According to her, these are anti-democratic, non-European methods used by the Ukrainian authorities to prevent the opposition leader from travelling abroad to participate in important international events.

"As president, Viktor Yanukovych has repeatedly promised to comply with the European standards, I urge him to keep his promises and to return to the legal and democratic field, and stop intimidating political rivals," Serevinsen said.

As reported, the Prosecutor General's Office opened a criminal case against Tymoshenko charging her with the embezzlement of funds allocated under the Kyoto Protocol.

According to the PGO's press service, the politician has been prohibited from leaving Kyiv while her case is being investigated.
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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2010, 11:37 a.m.    

That is why the Nazis imprisoned their competitors for power.

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2010, 11:41 a.m.    

Hundreds of riot police outside the Kievsky station in central Moscow hauled into police vans mostly young men and teenagers who were shouting racist slogans and raising their hands in Nazi salutes.

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2010, 2:14 p.m.    

Someone still claiming prosecutor generals actions and decisions can not easily be predicted from their political implications?

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2010, 3:05 p.m.    

Was the same letter sent to Croatia?

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2010, 5:15 p.m.    

The chick works for Tymo: &quot;Former rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Hanne Severinsen now works as an adviser to Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko&quot;

Why try to use the credentials of the Euopean Parliament and omit the important fact she is on Tymo&quot;s payroll?

VERY bad journalism

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2010, 5:20 p.m.    

This is political...

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2010, 6:11 p.m.    

Like her or hate her......she is doing a lot to keep protesting against Yanuk ..and to try to keep Ukraine a democratic nation.....

She and Yusch did blow it.....but now her protests are greatly needed against the authoritarian rule of Yanuk.

The ballot box is the ultimate test for her,,,,,and for Yanuk; in the meantime she needs support from the citizens.......


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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2010, 6:13 p.m.    

Or another way to look at it......

Support her,,,,or support Yanuk

,,that is the choice,,

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